ABB to build US$ 93 million gas compressor in Algeria

Will design and build compressor station on pipeline linking Algeria and Europe

Zurich, Switzerland, August 13 – ABB, the global technology company, today announced it has been awarded a contract worth US$ 93 million to design and build a gas compressor station.

The SC3 compressor station will be built on the Pedro Duran Farell Pipeline, a 1,400 kilometer gas line connecting Algeria to Europe through a link under the Straits of Gibraltar.

It will increase the pipeline’s flow rate from 8 billion to about 11 billion cubic meters of gas per year.

“We are very pleased to be working with Sonatrach to improve the performance of this valuable and important gas line,” says Gorm Gundersen, executive vice president and head of ABB’s Oil, Gas and Petrochemicals division.

The pipeline is owned and operated by the state-run oil and gas company, Sonatrach. In June, ABB won a US$ 70 million contract to upgrade a key oil pipeline in Algeria, also owned and operated by Sonatrach.

Under the terms of the contract, ABB is responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and test runs of the station. The project will be designed at ABB Lummus Global’s office in Milan, while construction activities will be carried out by Sarpi, which is a 50% Joint Venture company owned by Sonatrach and ABB.

The project is scheduled for completion within 27 months.

ABB ( supplies industry automation and power technology products, financial services and integrated solutions to utilities, manufacturing and process industries and the oil, gas and petrochemicals sector. ABB employes some 160,000 people in more than 100 countries.

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