Ghana awards deepwater gas pipeline contract to Technip

The Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) has awarded a contract to French company, Technip to construct and instal a 14-km 12 inch pipe deepwater for the country’s gas infrastructure, which is yet to be constructed.

Information reaching from France indicated that the lump-sum contract is for a flowline installation under phase 1 of the Natural Gas Transportation and Processing project, 60 km (37 mi) offshore Ghana.

Mr. Victor Sunu-Atta, the Project Coordinator, comfirmed the deal to but declined to mention the cost of the project. According to him, it would not be wise to disclose the mount involved in the contract because there are other aspects of the project that are dependent on this one. He said if he divulged the contract sum it may affect the other contracts that are yet to be negotiated.

He indicated to that the contract was signed sometime in August this year and GNPC was funding the project from its resources, he said.

Available information says the flowline will comprise the deepwater section of the pipeline, which will transport natural gas from the Jubilee field development to a planned onshore processing plant. The project is expected to start at the end of 2010.

Commercial production of oil in the Jubilee field is expected to start in November or December this year.

By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi

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