British company Penspen has won a contract from the Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (ONHYM) and the Nigerian National Petroleum (NNPC) for the first phase of the FEED of 5,700km gas pipeline proposed to run from Nigeria to Morocco.


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Penspen, which provides engineering and project management services to the oil and gas industry, completed a feasibility study in July 2018.

The FEED Phase I comprises a detailed review of the feasibility study results and evaluation of the gas demand and supply study.

Design of the pipeline system and the execution of an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) will then be carried out to optimize the proposed pipeline route and project economics.

The company will also provide support to the client in marketing and promoting the pipeline project to potential stakeholders.

The client will prepare for the second phase of the FEED (FEED Phase II) based on the key outcomes of the study, and the second phase is expected to result in a Final Investment Decision (FID).

Using the skills and capabilities of Dar Al-Handasah, Crestech and Control Risk, Penspen will conduct several special studies required for the FEED services, environmental impact assessment, Nigeria gas supply study and risk study.

Penspen CEO Peter O’Sullivan said: “Following Penspen’s successful execution of the feasibility study, we consider it a huge privilege to be selected by both clients for the next stage of the project definition i.e. FEED Phase I where we will continue to provide our renowned world class services towards realisation of this strategic project.

“As the development of this proposed regional gas pipeline linking Nigeria with Morocco and several other West African Countries progresses, Penspen remains fully committed to the course and is confident that we have both the necessary experience and the required expertise to support the delivery of an optimal FEED study for the development of this pipeline.”

Work has already begun and is being executed from Penspen’s Abu Dhabi office.