Sofresid ready for Mesdar extension

23 November 2001

France's Sofresidis preparing to start work on the Mesdar oil pipeline terminal expansion following the conclusion of contract negotiations with the client, state energy company Sonatrach.

Sofresid, wholly-owned by French construction giant Bouygues, was awarded the $36 million turnkey contract in April, beating off competition from the US' ABB Lummus Global, France's Entreposeand Spain's Grupo Masa(MEED 20:4:01).

The Mesdar terminal, located 180 kilometres southeast of Hassi Messaoud, pumps crude oil along a 108-kilometre pipeline to Haoud el-Hamra. The 18-month project to expand the pumping station involves the installation of two high pressure 4-MW turbo pumps, three 170-KW pressure pump boosters, two 2-MW turbo generators and a new flow regulation and counting system. The expansion is being financed by a 12-year loan facility from the Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank worth $30 million (MEED 4:2:00).

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