Mosgas install 40km gas to liquid pipeline in the Western Cape

December 1, 2012 by: admin

National oil company PetroSA reported on Friday that it had started installing a 40 km pipeline between the F-O drilling field and its FA production platform as part of an initiative to secure an addition six years of gas feedstock for the Mossel Bay gas-to-liquids (GTL) refinery, in the Western Cape. The pipeline forms part of the $1-billion Project Ikhwezi initiative, which was approved in April 2011 in a bid to increase the operational life of Mossgas. It will transport natural gas from the development field to the offshore production platform, with commissioning scheduled for the second half of 2013. The pipeline is being installed using the Allseas Audacia vessel, which will weld the 12-inch sections together, before lowering the pipe onto the seabed. During good weather conditions, the vessel, which is operated using a 270-strong technical crew, can assemble and lay about 2 km of pipeline daily. CEO Nosizwe Nokwe-Macamo said the laying of the pipeline represented a significant milestone in sustaining the GTL refinery until the group’s 2019/20 financial year. The further development of other gas prospects near to the F-O field could potentially help to sustain the life of the refinery until 2025. The key drilling-rig contract for the gasfield was awarded to Ensco in mid-2011.

Source creamer media

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