Nabucco Consortium announces tender for detailed engineering on Turkish section of pipeline
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 20 / Trend A.Badalova /
Marketing Company Nabucco Gas Pipeline International has announced a tender for an expanded basic and detailed engineering of the Turkish section of the Nabucco gas pipeline, the company reported.
The Nabucco pipeline project worth 7.9 billion euros is aimed to supply gas from the Caspian region and the Middle East to EU. The pipeline length of 3,00 km will start at the Georgian-Turkish / or the Iranian-Turkish border, then pass through the territory of Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and end in the Baumgarten gas storage and distribution center in Austria. More than one third of the pipeline will run through Turkey.
Managing director of Nabucco Gas Pipeline International Reinhard Mitchek said earlier that the construction of the southern section of pipeline will start in 2011. All critical issues on the project, including financing and search for sources to fill the pipe, as well as the beginning of engineering and technical training, are expected to be addressed before launch of the construction.
In May 2009, Nabucco entered the stage of technical detail engineering. The participants defined five local sub-contractors for engineering, conducting the assessment and examination of the technical details of pipeline route in the four transit countries, including Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey. The British Penspen company designs the detailed technical plan for the Nabucco pipeline.
The tender is just concerning the section from Ankara to the eastern Turkish borders, Nabucco Gas Pipeline International GmbH Spokesperson Christian Dolezal wrote Trend in an e-mail.
The Local Feed engineer for the section Bulgarian-Border to Ankara was already selected some time ago and in the detailed panning is nearly finalized, Dolezal added.
The detailed panning of the local feed engineers in all other Nabucco countries is nearly finalized, he said.
Construction of the Nabucco pipeline will be implemented in two main phases. The first phase of construction, scheduled for 2011, includes laying of pipeline length of 2,000 kilometers starting from Ankara to the Austrian Baumgarten. The second phase (2014-2015) includes the construction of the remainder of the pipeline from Ankara to the Turkish-Georgian and Turkish-Iranian border.
Participants of the project are Austrian OMV, Hungarian MOL, Bulgarian Bulgargaz, Romanian Transgaz, Turkish Botas and German RWE companies. Each of participants has equal share to the amount of 16.67 percent. Construction of gas pipeline is planned to be launched in 2011, the first supplies - in 2014. Maximal capacity of the pipeline will hit 31 billion cubic meters per year.
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