The 350-kilometre, 42-inch pipeline is aimed at carrying crude oil feedstock for a proposed grassroots refinery (MEED 23:6:06).

The client is International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC), the investment arm of the Abu Dhabi government, which is planning to build a 500,000-barrel-a-day refining complex at Fujairah. IPIC is understood to be in advanced talks with the US’ ConocoPhillips to act as foreign partner on the project. ConocoPhillips has declined to comment.

Feedstock for the refinery is targeted to be sourced from the Upper Zakum field, for which the US’ ExxonMobil Corporation signed in March an upstream development agreement with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).

Initial studies are also due to start for a 1.7 million-cubic-metre tank farm and export facilities to serve the refinery.