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Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) and Saudi Aramco have awarded engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts worth a total $300mn for a 350,000 b/d capacity pipeline to take Arabian Light crude oil from Saudi Arabia to Bahrain, where it will supply the 267,000 b/d Sitra refinery.
The 115km, 30-in pipeline will be built in two sections. Saudi firm Al Robaya will undertake the 73km onshore section of the project, while the 42km offshore section will be built by the UAE’s National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC).
At the contract signing ceremony, Bahrain’s Minister of Energy ‘Abd al-Husain ‘Ali Mirza said that the pipeline “will be finished by the end of 2017 or early 2018 and then there will be a six-month trial period.” He added that the ageing 230,000 b/d pipeline that it is replacing would be shut down in the second half of 2018. The new pipeline will run from Saudi Arabia’s Abqaiq processing plant to the refinery, whereas the existing pipeline carries crude for 54km from Dhahran in Saudi Arabia. (CONTINUED - 306 WORDS)