Dragon Oil starts Turkmen Caspian pipeline

Dragon Oil PLC, Dubai, has begin shipping crude oil and natural gas from Lam and Zhdanov fields in the Caspian Sea off Turkmenistan through a new 30-in., 40-km pipeline to an onshore central processing facility.

Dec 10th, 2010

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Dec. 10
-- Dragon Oil PLC, Dubai, has begin shipping crude oil and natural gas from Lam and Zhdanov fields in the Caspian Sea off Turkmenistan through a new 30-in., 40-km pipeline to an onshore central processing facility.

The trunk line runs from Block II to the CPF, whose capacity has been doubled to 100,000 b/d of liquids and 220 MMscfd of gas. The CPF expansion is being commissioned.

The new line will gradually replace two existing 12-in. pipelines that will be maintained in working condition.

Dragon Oil is adding an 18-in. pipeline from the Dzheitune (Lam) 28 platform to the Dzheitune (Lam) A platform and a 20-in. line from the Dzheitune (Lam) A platform to Block II. It is also completing a 14-in. pipeline from the Dzheitune (Lam) B platform to the Dzheitune (Lam) 28 platform.

The in-field pipelines will allow throughput capacity to be increased and will help accommodate future development of the western area of Cheleken field. Dragon Oil expects to commission the in-field pipelines by the end of December.

The 30-in. trunkline and the expanded CPF will enable the company to deliver unprocessed raw gas to the Turkmen gas pipeline system.

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