Turner & Townsend has announced it has received the contract to project manage the construction of a major 550 km (340-mile) pipeline, which will transport jet fuel, diesel and gasoline from the port of Djibouti to central Ethiopia.
The Horn of Africa Pipeline is expected to cost US$1.55 billion. It is being developed by Black Rhino MOGS, a joint venture between the infrastructure investment company Black Rhino Group and South African-based Mining, Oil & Gas Services Ltd.
The project is currently in the set-up phase, with detailed design and procurement due to take place over the coming months.
The project comprises the creation of an import facility and a buffer storage tank farm in Damerjog, Djibouti, which will be linked to a storage terminal and truck loading facility in Awash, near the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.
The 20 in. (51 cm) steel pipeline will be capable of transporting more than 240 000 bpd of fuel.
Turner & Townsend has also been working with the Black Rhino Group to help its due diligence process on several other projects in Africa, including Nigeria.
Mark Haselau, Director at Turner & Townsend, commented: “We’ve been guiding and supporting Black Rhino MOGS on this critically important project since its inception. As this is a cost-driven project, the developers require an end-to-end solution delivered on time and on budget. The challenge lies in overcoming the logistical, infrastructural and regulatory issues presented on the African continent – including the physical importation and transportation of materials to the many sites and laydown areas along the pipeline’s route.”
“However, once completed the project will play an essential role in meeting the rising demand for fuel from Ethiopia’s fast-growing economy – as well as increasing energy security and reducing harmful emissions across the region,” Haselau continued.
Edited from press release by Angharad Lock
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