Mott MacDonald wins Iraq pipeline design deal

11 June 2012

Pipeline will transport gas from Badra field to Zubeida power station

UK engineering firm Mott MacDonald has been appointed by Russia’s Gazprom to carry out the front-end engineering and design (feed) contract for tank farm facilities and a natural gas export pipeline from the Badra oil field in the Wasit province of south eastern Iraq.

The pipeline will transport gas from the Badra field’s central processing facilities (CPF), currently being built by the UK’s Petrofac to the Zubeida power plant, according to a source close to the project.

The Badra tank farm will consist of two crude oil storage tanks, export pumps, diesel generators, firefighting facilities, utilities, office buildings, a control room and accommodation.

The scope of the 105-kilometre, 24-inch gas export pipeline includes block valve stations and a leak detection system. The pipeline will also cross the Tigris River before its final approach to the Zubeida power plant. Mott MacDonald’s feed package includes the engineering for horizontal drilling for the pipeline, which will pass under the river.

Engineering, procurement and construction tenders are expected to be launched in 2013. Gazprom leads the development of the 3-billion-barrel Badra oil field along with Turkey’s TPAO, Malaysia’s Petronas and South Korea’s Kogas.

Gazprom is also planning to build a 165-km, 24-inch crude oil pipeline from Badra to the Gharraf field, where it will be tied-in and connected with a pipeline to the Nassiriya storage depot before being sent to Al-Fao to be pumped from Iraq’s south oil export terminals in the Gulf.

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