South Caucasus Pipeline Expansion (SCPX), Azerbaijan
The project includes:
An expansion of the South Caucasus Pipeline (SCPX) in Azerbaijan and Georgia.
SCPX is an expansion of the existing South Caucasus Pipeline (SPC) which has been in operation since 2006. The purpose of the expansion is to increase the capacity for gas transport with about 16 million m3 of gas/year from the Caspian Sea in Azerbaijan to the Georgia-Turkey border.
The South Caucasus Pipeline (SCP) is a natural gas pipeline built to export Shah Deniz gas from Azerbaijan to Georgia and Turkey. The 42” pipeline starts from the Sangachal terminal near Baku and follows the route of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) crude oil pipeline through Azerbaijan and Georgia to Turkey, where it is linked to the Turkish gas distribution system. The length of the pipeline is 691 km, with 443 km in Azerbaijan and 248 km in Georgia and the system design capacity is 7 bcma.
The expansion of the South Caucasus Pipeline (SCPX) is part of the Shah Deniz Full Field Development Project. This expansion involves the laying of new pipeline across Azerbaijan and the construction of two new compressor stations and a Pressure Reduction and Metering Station (PRMS) in Georgia. This will triple the gas volumes exported through the pipeline to over 20 billion cubic metres per year.
The contract for pipeline construction in Azerbaijan and Georgia has been awarded to Saipem/Azfen which is a joint venture between Saipem Contracting Netherlands BV and Azfen JV.
The scope of work for this contract includes:
- Construction of a 428 km pipeline loop and associated above ground installations, including block valves, a pigging facility and tie-ins in Azerbaijan and Georgia.
- Construction of a 59 km second pipeline loop and associated above ground installations in Georgia.
- The value of this contract is $ 735 million and it marks a major step forward towards commencement of SCPX construction activities. The start of work is scheduled for January 2015 with mechanical completion of the Georgian section expected by the end of 2016 and the Azerbaijan section by the end of 2017.
Over 200 employees are working at South Caucasus Pipeline Expansion project. Our employees receive excellent feedback from customers. Employees were awarded with several certifications and letters of gratitude.