2013 Pipeline Construction Report

By Rita Tubb, Managing Editor | January 2013, Vol. 68, No. 1

In Vietnam, the consortium of Chevron, PetroVietnam Gas, Mitsui Oil Exploration, and PTT Exploration & Production Public Co. Ltd. plans to build the 249-mile O Mon Gas pipeline to transport natural gas to fuel the 2,760-MW O Mon power complex. If constructed, it will be one of the longest gas pipelines in Vietnam. No timeline for has been announced.

Australia

The focus here is on LNG where seven facilities are under construction and six more are planned.

The Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) project being developed by QGC, wholly owned by the BG Group, will be the world's first project to turn coal seam gas into LNG. The project, under construction since 2010, will provide hydrocarbons for export markets in 2014.

This major, integrated project involves: expanding QGC's existing coal seam gas production in the Surat Basin of southern Queensland; building a 335-mile natural gas pipeline network linking the gas fields to Gladstone; and constructing a liquefaction plant on Curtis Island, near Gladstone, where the gas will be converted to LNG for export. This is one of Australia's largest capital infrastructure projects, involving US$20.4 billion of investment.

Australia Pacific LNG is a coal seam gas to LNG joint venture partnership between Origin, ConocoPhillips and Sinopec. In October the first of more than 330 miles of pipe for the project had been laid. The main transmission pipeline will enable coal seam gas to be transported from gas fields in the Surat and Bowen basins to an LNG plant on Curtis Island, off the coast of Gladstone for processing and export. There, the first two gas production trains can process up to 9 Mtpa.

Africa
Tanzania announced construction start of the Mnazi Bay to Dar es Salaam Gas Pipeline project in November. The 330-mile pipeline will transport Mnazi Bay gas through a 36-inch line to Dar es Salaam and other major population and industrial centers. Construction is expected to take 18 months.

FSU & Eastern Europe

The most significant report on construction starts in this region came late last year with the announced construction of the long-awaited South Stream Pipeline at Russia’s Russkaya compressor station site near the Anapa, Krasnodar Territory.

The 1,490-mile pipeline will traverse the Black Sea and carry Russian gas via Serbia, Hungary and Slovenia to Italy. The length of the Black Sea section will exceed 560 miles. Its design capacity will be 3 Bcm. First gas supplies via South Stream are scheduled for December.