Abu Dhabi crude export pipeline progresses

Christopher E. Smith
OGJ Pipeline Editor

HOUSTON, May 27 -- Germanischer Lloyd (GL) announced it will provide technical assurance and certification of the 400-km, 48-in. OD Abu Dhabi Crude Oil Pipeline (ADCOP). The line will transport 1-1.5 million b/d of oil to the main oil terminal (MOT) at Fujairah, UAE, from Habshan, Abu Dhabi, bypassing the Straits of Hormuz in the process. The 1.5 million b/d figure represents roughly 60% of the UAE's crude exports.

ADCOP also includes construction of 12 million bbl of storage at MOT, three subsea pipelines, a main pumping station, intermediate pump station, and three single-point mooring buoys for deepwater tanker loading at Fujairah on the Indian Ocean coast. Construction is scheduled to be completed in August 2011.

GL's services on the project include third-party inspection both during and after construction, nondestructive testing, and issuing a certificate of compliance for the entire project. China Petroleum Engineering & Construction Corp. (CPECC), ADCOP's main engineering, procurement, and construction contractor, awarded the technical assurance, risk and safety, asset management, and industrial inspection contract to GL.

CPECC awarded detailed engineering on ADCOP to Penspen in 2008.

Contact Christopher E. Smith at chriss@ogjonline.com.

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