Caspian crude oil export pipeline completed

Engineering contractor Kvaerner E&C plc, London, has announced completion of a pipeline to export early oil production from Chirag field in the Caspian Sea. The 115,000 b/d capacity pipeline extends 830 km from Sangachal, south of Baku in Azerbaijan, to Supsa on Georgia's Black Sea coast, and delivered first oil on Apr. 6, although commissioning was completed on May 27. Kvaerner built the pipeline and an export terminal at Supsa under contract to the Azerbaijan International Operating Co. (AIOC) venture and the Georgia Pipeline Co. The pipeline has six pumping stations and two pressure-reducing stations. Kvaerner was responsible for detailed engineering, procurement, ...

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