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Chinese companies break ground on Nigeria subsea pipeline project

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Two Chinese companies have held a groundbreaking ceremony to start the construction of a subsea pipeline installation for Dangote Oil Refining Company Limited in Lagos, Nigeria’s economic hub.

Top officials of the Nigerian Dangote’s Group, along with Xie Xianju, Deputy General Manager of China Harbor Engineering Co. (Nigeria) and Zhang Qing, General Manager of China’s Offshore Oil Engineering Company (COOEC) attended a ground breaking ceremony on Friday.

The pipeline project is part of Dangote’s US$17 billion gas pipeline, fertilizer, petrochemicals and refinery projects.

The work scope includes transportation and installation of nine subsea pipelines totalling 100 km in water depths of up to 40 m. Six of the pipelines will be 24 in. diameter and three will be 48 in.

The Chinese contractors will also install five single point mooring systems, a catenary anchor leg mooring buoy weighing 240 t and pipeline end manifold carrying a total weight of 220 t for a shuttle tanker that imports crude for the refinery.

The 650 000 bpd refinery will come onstream by September 2019, according to officials of the company.

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