Kuwait Oil inks transit line pact

Monday, June 7, 2010 @ 12:06 PM gHale


The Kuwait Oil Company will pay $155 million to ABB to design and build a new crude-oil transit line and associated ancillary systems.
The project includes the expansion of an existing manifold (a pipeline consolidation installation) at Point A, a location in the north of the country, and the installation of the new transit line. The 123 km, 30-inch-diameter transit line will run between oil fields in the north of the country and a storage facility in the south. From the safety perspective, the pipeline will come equipped with inspection gauges at 15 km intervals, a leak-detection system and metering stations.
The new installations can transport up to 665,000 barrels of oil per day from Point A to a tank farm in southern Kuwait. More than half of the oil will come from the newly established Jurassic field in northern Kuwait.
ABB will be responsible for designing, engineering, procuring, construction supervision, commissioning and start-up of the new system, according to Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division. ABB will also provide an automation system and distributed-control systems, as well as instrumentation, electrical equipment and an emergency-shutdown system. The project should wrap up by the spring 2012.



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