New Pipeline Under Construction in the Argentine Patagonia

Replacement of the underwater pipeline that connects the AM3 platform to the Magallanes Reception Battery (MRB) commenced on September 4. The 17km, 8-inch lined pipeline has started near the Virgenes lighthouse off the coast of the Argentine province of Sana Cruz. This line carries to land all the production of liquids from the Magallanes area field of Enap Sipetrol Argentina. At the same time, repairs began on the land section of the same pipeline.

The pipe-laying work is the result of over nine months of engineering and logistical studies, the contracting of services and acquisition of equipment and materials, performed by integrated multi-disciplinary teams from Enap Sipetrol Argentina, ENAP Magallanes, ENAP Head Office and contractor companies.

For carrying out the work, ENAP Magallanes is employing its crane-barge Yagana, assisted by three tugs, all crewed by some 200 people, plus another 40 people in different support tasks. The ship Skandi Patagonia, assigned by Total Austral, will also join the project on October 2 to support the building work.

The planned time schedule for the works is around three months, depending on weather conditions in the area, and the foreseen investment is US$ 40 million. During that period, work will also be carried out on the change of the pipeline that carries oil from the AM2 platform to the AM3 platform.

The current strong demand for equipment and elements in the industry required a special effort by the team involved, emphasizing the professionalism and dedication shown by these people. This joint work shows once again the collaboration existing in ENAP when required.

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