BJ Wins Pre-commissioning Contract in Caspian Sea

BJ Process and Pipeline Services has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract by Saipem S.P.A. Kazakhstan to provide pipeline pre-commissioning services on portions of the Kashagan Field Development Experimental Program Project located in the North Caspian Sea in Kazakhstan.

During the next two years, BJ is contracted to provide swabbing, air-drying, nitrogen purging and packing, and caliper survey services on the 28" x 95km main oil and gas pipelines, the 18' x 95km fuel gas trunk lines, and associated 18" and 6" infield lines.

BJ PPS personnel designed the operation to minimize consumption of liquid nitrogen, reduce costs and limit potential logistics challenges. BJ will draw from its large Kazakh resource base to execute this work, will support the operation from the BJ bases in Aksai and Atyrau.

"We have already mobilized equipment and personnel to commence work on the first phase of this project. With our extensive experience working in the Caspian area and ability to adapt our methods to dramatically different environmental conditions, I am confident we will complete this pre-commissioning operation safely and efficiently," said Lindsay Link, general manager of BJ PPS.

First BJ Project for Saipem in Kazakhstan

The two-year Saipem – Kashagan contract further solidifies BJ's presence in Kazakhstan, as well as its relationship with Saipem. Although this is the first time BJ PPS will have worked for Saipem in Kazakhstan, the pipeline specialist has provided related pipeline pre-commissioning services for Saipem internationally. In fact, this contract award comes on the heels of several recent pre-commissioning contract awards from Saipem, including the BP Tangguh project in the Papua Province of Indonesia, and the PTT TTPP Part III project in Thailand.