Iraq Oil Ministry Seeks To Advance Basrah-‘Aqaba Oil Pipeline Project

Published on Wednesday, 05 Jun 12:45 pm

Iraq's Oil Ministry is pressing ahead with a plan to build a new crude oil export pipeline from Basrah, the country's southern oil export province, to Jordan's Red Sea port of ‘Aqaba, a senior official of Canada's SNC-Lavalin said Tuesday. The Canadian engineering and construction group is advising the ministry on the pipeline project and conducting front-end engineering and design studies for a number of related projects the ministry intends to fast-track, SNC-Lavalin's senior vice president, business development Middle East, Ghassan Ashqar, told delegates at an oil, gas and power conference in Abu Dhabi. Ashqar said he expected the main engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for phase 1 of the proposed pipeline, which would run from the giant Rumaila oil field in Basrah to Haditha in Iraq's western Anbar province, to be awarded in 2014. Construction of the 2.5mn b/d capacity, 56-inch diameter oil pipeline leg, together with a parallel 36-inch gas pipeline to feed compressor pumps, would take two to three years, he estimated.

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