Penspen seals Mozambique JV pipeline deal
27 March 2017
Penspen, a leading global provider of engineering and project management services, has been awarded a contract by Petrozim Line to provide engineering, procurement services, construction and commissioning supervision for the latest phase of capacity expansion of the Feruka-Harare multiproduct pipeline project being jointly developed by Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
After successfully completing a study on the project over the last six years, Penspen will provide its services at three separate sites, Feruka, Wilton and Harare.
The existing network includes the Companhia Do Pipeline Mozambique - Zimbabwe Limitada (CPMZ) pipeline which runs from Beira in Mozambique into tanks at Feruka in Zimbabwe.
Products are then pumped from Feruka via the Petrozim 295km Feruka-Harare multiproduct pipeline to the Msasa Terminal in Harare. This pipeline was designed and installed by Penspen in the early 1990s. The company also constructed a 61,000 cu m storage depot and automated road and rail loading facility.
In order to expand the capacity of the Feruka-Harare pipeline and meet increasing product demand, Penspen will establish a series pumping operation at Feruka, said its top official.
The existing CPMZ and Petrozim pipelines will be used as a single pipeline with Feruka acting as an in-line booster pump station.
In addition to this project, Penspen was awarded a contract in December 2016 by CMPZ to work on series pumping on the Mozambique side of the pipeline system to enable the same process to proceed for Petrozim on the Feruka to Harare side. The two projects are interrelated as Petrozim is dependent on CPMZ to increase the flow.
Penspen’s executive VP (Europe & Africa) Neale Carter, said: "We are pleased to continue our involvement with Petrozim Line (Pvt) Ltd. We have a 25-year relationship with the company dating back to the early 90s and are delighted to work again on the pipeline we originally installed."
"We started with a scoping study for the project in 2011 followed by front end engineering and design for series pumping and capacity expansion studies. We are looking forward to continuing our strong relationship with Petrozim and CPMZ in the future," he added.