Cairn orders engines for pipeline pump stations

Cairn India Ltd. has ordered 32 reciprocating gas engines for the pumping stations along its cross-country, heated oil pipeline currently under construction in India.

Jul 8th, 2008

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, July 8 -- Cairn India Ltd. has ordered 32 reciprocating gas engines for the pumping stations along its cross-country, heated oil pipeline currently under construction in India. The 590-km, 24-in. pipeline will transport waxy crude from Mangala oil field in Rajasthan in northwest India to the Gujarat coast.

General Electric Co.'s GE Energy division, Jenbach, Austria, will supply the J420 GS Jenbacher engines, which will generate electricity for the heated crude pipeline.

The pipeline is to be completed by second-half 2009. An adjoining, 8-in. natural gas pipeline also is being built to supply power to the engines at 32 stations along the route.

Under the company's new plan, production from Mangala, Bhagyam, and Aishwariya fields will increase to 175,000 b/d from the originally planned 150,000 b/d. Production from Mangala field is expected to start in second-half 2009, and output from Bhagyam and Aishwariya should begin in 2010.

Cairn earlier increased its estimate of original oil in place in its Rajasthan acreage in northwestern India to 3.5 billion bbl from 2.5 billion bbl.

Mustang Engineering is performing front-end engineering design verification along with detailed engineering, procurement, and construction management services for the Mangala production facility to be located in the Rajasthan Desert (see map, OGJ, Jan. 23, 2006, p. 35).

Participants in the Mangala project are Cairn Energy 70% and India's Oil & Natural Gas Corp. Ltd. 30% (OGJ, Feb. 13, 2006, Newsletter).

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