International Pipeline Construction Report

By Rita Tubb, Managing Editor | November 2010, Vol. 65 No. 11

Work is scheduled to begin in 2011 on the Nabucco Pipeline with first gas expected by 2014. Designed to reduce Euorpe’s dependence on Russian gas, Nabucco will transport gas from Central Asia via Turkey and Austria, bypassing Russia.

Africa
Despite instability continuing to hamper activities in several nations, the region remains important to world energy markets. For this reason, companies continue to work to bring new projects on stream. Among these is a project awarded to China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering to construct the 200-mile Nairobi-Eldoret pipeline for the Kenya Pipeline Company. When completed in September 2011, the line will have capacity of 12.7 MMbpd.

Off Angola, Subsea 7 is working under contract to BP to carry out pipeline engineering, construction and installation for the greater Plutonio development. Subsea 7’s work scope includes installation of a 46-mile, 12-inch gas pipeline, pipeline tie-ins, installing three client-supplied subsea manifold systems and a 3,300-foot umbilical before carrying out the final commissioning in 2011.

A 932-mile pipeline is planned by the Democratic Republic of Congo to carry oil from discoveries in the central basin to the western port of Matadi on the Congo River. To finance the $3.5 billion project, officials plan to seek help from international oil companies, the World Bank and the African Development Bank. Development in the region has been limited by its remoteness, conflict and the global financial crisis.
In Cameroon, Foster Wheeler AG won a contract to carry out pre-front-end engineering design for an onshore LNG plant and offshore gas gathering pipelines and infrastructure on the southern coastline. The Cameroon LNG Project, jointly owned by GDF Suez and Cameroon's SNH, involves a single-train onshore LNG plant with production capacity of up to 3.5 Mt/a. Foster Wheeler is scheduled to complete the work next year.

Middle East
Although new and planned pipeline projects in the Middle East total only 8,318 miles, several involve sizeable pipeline construction projects. Nacap-Suedrohrbau, the Saudi Arabian subsidiary of Dutch pipeline contractor Nacap, is working to complete a 315-mile, 30-inch multi-products pipeline for Saudi Aramco later this year.