The FEED, scheduled to take six months, will cover a new compressor station in Algeria and the planned gas receiving terminal in Spain. In addition, Ramboll will carry out flow analyses of the entire system and environment impact assessments (EIAs) for the two terminals. Spain’s Initecwill assist the Danish consultants on the contract.

The offshore FEED package, due to be completed in February, was awarded to Houston-based Intec Engineering in October(MEED 10:3:03).

The pipeline will have eventual capacity of 16 billion cubic metres a year (bcm/y), although its start-up rate will be 7 bcm/y when it comes on stream in late 2006.

The project client, Medgaz, is a consortium made up of state energy company Sonatrach, the UK’s BP, France’s Total, GazdeFranceand three Spanish companies – Cespa, Endesaand Iberdrola.Gas will be sourced from Hassi R’Mel, Algeria’s main gas processing facility(MEED 5:1:01).