New Saudi-Bahrain pipeline
Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have approved plans to lay a 350,000-barrel per day (bpd) oil pipeline between the two countries, with the link expected to be commissioned by the third quarter of 2016, Bapco said yesterday.
The pipeline will replace an ageing 230,000 bpd link and will help Bapco expand its 267,000 bpd Sitra refinery to up to 460,000 bpd.
Crude oil will flow from Saudi Aramco's Abqaiq plant via the 115km pipeline, 74km of which will run overland and the rest under the Gulf, Bapco said.
The company said it was working with Saudi Aramco to prepare for an engineering, procurement and construction contract tender in the fourth quarter of this year, with the contract expected to be awarded by the second quarter of next year.