Saipem has been awarded a lump sum turnkey engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract by the Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) to build the gas booster station 160 located in southeast Kuwait.

The new gas booster station will deliver 250 million cubic feet of gas per day, and will consist of two identical single-stage trains for gas compression and dehydration. The gas will be subsequently conveyed to the existing Mina Al Ahmadi refinery. The project is due to be completed in mid 2011.

The second contract has been awarded by Bechtel Overseas to the PLNG consortium led by Petromar, a Saipem subsidiary, for construction of the containment systems as part of the overall project for the construction of a single-train liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant, along with storage and marine loading facilities, close to the town of Soyo, Angola.

The scope of work comprises the construction of five tanks with capacities ranging between 59,000 cubic meters (cbm) and 159,000cbm, including two for LNG, one for propane, one for butane and one for condensate.

Petromar will be the leader of the consortium by ensuring the overall management of the project and will provide technical support to its partners. It will also be in charge of the erection of the external components of the LNG, propane, butane and condensate tanks. The overall construction work is expected to be completed within 47 months.