EL MERK PROJECT




Algeria

ACTIVITIES

Engineering and
Procurement
Construction
Pipeline

The Export Pipelines - LOT 2 of the El Merk Project - is an essential part of the El Merk Project developed by “Groupement Berkine” to initiate production of Hydrocarbons in the El Merk Region in southeast Algeria.

“Groupement Berkine” is an association of Sonatrach and Anadarko appointed as operator by the El Merk Consortium partners (Sonatrach, Anadarko, Eni, Maersk, ConocoPhillips and Talisman) to implement the entire El Merk Project.

El Merk Pipelines is located in a remote area of the Sahara with high dunes along the entire route and no access roads. Due to the specific logistical aspects and the distances to be covered for the construction of the lines, we built a 160-km service road parallel to the pipeline route to permit transportation of workers and materials from the port to the site and back.

SCOPE OF WORK

The project consists of three pipelines conveying products from the Central Production Facilities (CPF)

The pipelines are equipped with sectional isolation valves block valve at an average distance of 40 Km to assure safety and reliable transport operation.
The scope of work includes the installation of scraper trap facilities at the CPF, at Gassi Touil arrival terminal and at the CSF. The terminals are also equipped with metering systems and filtration packages on the LPG pipeline.
The project consists of three pipelines conveying products from the Central Production Facilities (CPF) as follows:
  • 160km of 18” API 5L-X65 LPG Pipeline from CPF to Gassi Touil
  • 160km of 16” API 5L-X65 Condensate Pipeline from CPF to Gassi Touil
  • 70 Km 20” API 5L – X65 Crude Oil Pipeline from CPF to Berkine Central Storage Facility (CSF)
The pipelines are equipped with sectional isolation valves block valve at an average distance of 40 Km to assure safety and reliable transport operation.
The scope of work includes the installation of scraper trap facilities at the CPF, at Gassi Touil arrival terminal and at the CSF.
The terminals are also equipped with metering systems and filtration packages on the LPG pipeline.

Project highlights

Total Length

Installed (KM)

390

18” API 5L-X65 LPG Pipeline

from CPF to Gassi Touil 

(KM)

160

16” API 5L-X65 Condensate

Pipeline from CPF to Gassi Touil (KM)

160

20” API 5L-X65 Crude Oil Pipeline

from CPF to Berkine Central Storage Facility (CSF) (KM)

70

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