SOCAR to Complete Construction of Underwater Section of New Gas Pipeline Soon

Oil&Gas Materials 29 November 2008 12:34 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, November 29/ Trend / In a week, SOCAR will complete construction of underwater section of a new Bahar-Hovsan-Surakhani gas pipeline meant to supply Shimal electric power station and suburbs of Baku with gas, SOCAR said. The underwater section of 3.5km will be constructed. 

About 30.3km of underwater section of the gas pipeline has already been constructed. The construction of the pipeline is carried out by Suleyman Vazirov pipe-lay ship.

Total length of the 20-inch Bahar-Hovsan-Surakhani pipeline amounts to 44km and daily capacity - 5mln cu m of gas. The depth of the pipeline at seabed ranges between 12 m and 16 m. The owner of the underwater part of the pipeline is 28 May Oil and Gas Extracting Unit and owner of ground part is Gas Operations Department.

The pipeline will transport gas from the Guneshli field. The project of the gas pipeline was designed by Sea Oil and Gas Project Institute. Concrete solidification for the pipeline was produced by the Caspian Pipe Coatings. The gas pipeline is one of the large facilities to be put into operation within the gas program of SOCAR for 2008.

New gas separation unit is also being constructed under the project.  About 95% of work has been carried out: three separators, two pumps and storages for separated condensate and kerosene have been built.

The program calls for the increase in production of a SOCAR gas, produced through company's resources, to 8bln cu m a year, 7bln cu m of which will be delivered to the government.

According to SOCAR website, the shareholders of Caspian Pipe Coatings are SOCAR (50%), Azertrans (45%) and Azinvest (5%).