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Technip awarded Chinese pipeline installation contract

French company commissioned to build shallow water gas pipeline

French Subsea, Offshore and Onshore specialist, Technip has been awarded by Offshore Oil Engineering Co, Ltd (COOEC) a pipeline installation contract for the Liwan 3-1 shallow water project, located in the Pearl River Mouth Basin, China Sea.

At approximately 300 km South of Hong Kong, China, with a total length of 260 km, the pipeline will link the Liwan gas platform to China National Offshore Oil Corporation’s (CNOOC) Gaolan gas plant.

Technip’s scope covers the shallow water portion of the development project. It includes the installation of 160 km of 30” export oil/gas two-phase pipeline from the Liwan gas platform to a water depth of approximately 70m

Technip’s operating centre in Singapore, in liaison with the project engineering office in Shekou, China, will execute the contract, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2012. The offshore installation will be carried out with the Global 1201, a flagship pipelay vessel that joined Technip’s fleet through the recent acquisition of Global Industries.

The contract demonstrates Technip’s "ability to realise the full value and potential of Global Industries’ assets and to play a leading role in the large-diameter/long-distance pipelay", according to a company statement. The company believes the new contract helps it get one step further to "become a leading player in the emerging Chinese subsea market and to further strengthen its relationship with COOEC and CNOOC".

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