Siemens has been awarded a three-year multi-million dollar supply contract for the maintenance of the strategic Habshan-Fujairah crude oil pipeline automation and telecommunications system.
Speaking on the sidelines of ADIPEC 2012, Ali Vezvai, Siemens executive vice president and general manager – oil and gas, said it was a “project of national interest. It’s a critical project for Abu Dhabi and the UAE government.”
Taking effect from January 2013, the terms of the contract span maintenance and operational support services.
The contract includes various stakeholders such as China’s CPECC, the EPC contractor for the supply of the pipeline and ADCO, the pipeline operator. Vezvai said it was “a multi-dimensional project spanning various suppliers,” with the Siemens solution assisting in the “seamless integration resulting in flawless operation” of the pipeline.
Siemens designed, engineered, installed and commissioned the pipeline’s entire automation and telecom system. It will also train ADCO’s workforce on the operation and maintenance of the bespoke system.
Approximately 380km in length, the pipeline links Abu Dhabi with Fujairah, on the Gulf of Oman. With nominal capacity of 1.5 million bpd, the pipeline began pumping crude in June 2012, presenting the UAE with an alternative to the politically-fraught Strait of Hormuz.
Highlighting the importance of projects such as this to the Siemens business, Dietmar Siersdorfer, CEO – Energy, Siemens Middle East, added that: “Service contracts such as these are an important part of our business, vindicating the decision to maintain comprehensive locally-based expertise.”