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    Intec wins FEED contract for MEDGAZ

    News // October 10, 2003
    INTEC Engineering has won the front-end engineering design contract (FEED) for the MEDGAZ offshore pipeline project in the Mediterranean Sea. The MEDGAZ pipeline will transport high pressure gas from Algeria to Spain for both Spanish and European markets.

    Andrew Brady, INTEC's project manager for the FEED studies, says INTEC will draw on its experience in designing large-diameter pipeline systems for ultra-deepwater while also considering project-specific technical challenges. Relevant issues include geo-hazards associated with steep continental shelf margins and bio-diverse coastal areas of Spain and Algeria, both of which cater for fishing and tourism industries.

    "We're building on lessons learned from Bluestream and Mardi Gras, capturing relevant experience of pipeline design, fabrication and installation in ultra-deepwater to ensure an optimized and safe design for MEDGAZ," said Brady.

    MEDGAZ partners include Sonatrach, Algeria's national oil company; CEPSA; BP; TOTAL; ENDESA; Gaz de France; and Spanish energy company Iberdrola. The proposed pipeline will traverse a maximum water depth of 7,087ft (2,160m) in the Mediterranean Sea.

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