Engineers from NIRAS will play an important part in one of the biggest projects in Africa in recent years – East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline Project.
The project comprises a new 1445 kms crude oil export pipeline connecting the oil fields at Lake Albert, Uganda with the Indian Ocean. NIRAS will design the load out facility to be located in Chongoleani in Tanga area in the northern part of Tanzania.
"This is going to be a comprehensive oil terminal and an important project for us", explains Miquel Pires, Project Manager at NIRAS.
Until September 2017, NIRAS will prepare the FEED (Front End Engineering Design) for the oil terminal under a subcontract with the main consultant Gulf Interstate Engineering (USA), who is overall responsible for the FEED for the project.
This FEED study follows a period of feasibility studies for Total, who is an investor in the project together with CNOOC from China and Tullow Oil from the UK.
Millions of crude oil per year
The marine terminal at Tanga will export millions of barrels of crude oil per year and the facility will include an approx. 2 km long jetty with berths for crude carriers. Given the fluid properties, the crude oil has to be maintained at a temperature of 50 - 63 degrees up to the outlet flange at the terminal.
The terminal in Tanzania will be NIRAS’ third large oil terminal in the past 2 years.
Maintains a strong position in East Africa
"While this project is an important project for NIRAS – it also contribute to maintain NIRAS’ strong position in East Africa," says Miquel Pires.
NIRAS has offices in Mozambique, Tanzania and Kenya are involved in a variety of projects – including the new oil terminal in Mombasa, Kenya.
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