Construction activities are ramping up on the LNG Project. Pipe for the onshore gas pipeline has been arriving at the shore base at Kopi.
The project involves a processing facility and the integrated development of the Hides, Angore and Juha gas fields, as well as associated gas from the Kutubu, Agogo, Gobe and Moran fields.
The gas will be transported to the LNG plant near Port Moresby through 850 km of onshore and offshore large diameter pipeline.
The onshore pipeline and affiliated infrastructure will be built by French company Spiecapag. The onshore section will consist of a buried pipeline overland from the Hides gas plant to the Omati River landfall, a distance of 300 km.
Construction of the offshore pipeline will be undertaken by Italian company Saipem. The scope of work includes installation of a 407 km subsea pipeline from the Omati River landfall to Port Moresby.
Due to PNG’s extreme undulating terrain, an airport is being constructed to ensure materials are delivered to the site on time.
A joint venture between McConnell Dowell and Consolidated Contractors has been awarded the contract to procure and construct the Komo Airfield, 10 km southeast of the Hides Plant.
The runway will be 3.2 km long, which compares with the length of major international airports – Heathrow’s longest runway is 3.9 km.
Antonov AN-124 aircraft will bring in materials over a six-month period. In the long term, Dash-8 aircraft will be the most frequent users of the airport.
The LNG Project is expected to deliver its first LNG shipments by late 2013 or early 2014.
Source: Pipelines International & LNG World News