Construction is well underway on the $350m undersea pipeline between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, according to Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) board director Dawood Nassif.

“We’re well into constructing a new undersea pipeline between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain to bring crude to the Bapco refinery,” he said.

“Already EPC [engineering, procurement, construction] has been awarded and work is in progress,” he added.

UAE-based National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC) as well as its Saudi subsidiary had been awarded the EPC contract on the project

The 115km pipeline is set to link Bapco refinery and the Saudi Aramco Abqaiq plant in Saudi Arabia.

The new pipeline will replace the ageing pipeline between the two countries, constructed in 1945. Its operating capacity is 350,000 b/d with a design capacity of 400,000 b/d.

Mechanical completion of the project is expected in the second quarter of 2018.

The new pipeline crosses 43 km overland in Saudi Arabia, then extends 41 km into the sea and travels 31 km overland in Bahrain.