Sonatrach awards ABB pump station EPC contract

Eric Watkins
Senior Correspondent

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 19 -- Algeria's state-owned Sonatrach has awarded ABB Group, Zurich, a $215 million contract to construct two pumping stations and automation systems on the 665-km NK-1 oil pipeline linking oil fields in Algeria at Haoud El Hamra with the Mediterranean port of Skikda.

ABB will provide engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning of the new pumping stations, terminal upgrades, and a 44-km fuel pipeline.

ABB also will provide supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, along with other instrumentation and electrical equipment.

ABB's Italian unit will design and manage the project, and a joint venture company operated by ABB and Sonatrach will carry out construction activities.

The NK-1 project, scheduled for completion in late 2008, will add 18 million tonnes/year to Algeria's oil transport capacity.

Contact Eric Watkins at hippalus@yahoo.com.

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