How to make a major Pipeline Project bankable – case study TAPI Pipeline
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Dr. Stefan Bürkle
Dr. Stefan Bürkle, Tobias Walk
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will followThe Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan–India (TAPI) gas pipeline project aims to export up to 33 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas per annum through an 1,814 km pipeline from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. The Galkynysh gas field, which is listed among the world’s largest natural gas fields, will be a natural gas resource for the TAPI gas pipeline. ILF’s role in this major pipeline project is to provide Front End Engineering Design (FEED) based on an existing Feasibility Study. The TAPI pipeline will run through areas with challenging topography and tectonics as well as an unstable security situation. Therefore, a high quality pipeline routing and system design for this project are crucial for a successful implementation. A proper cost estimation has to be set up which will be based on the technical design and on a suitable procurement strategy identifying the optimum number of EPC contracts in order to minimize the implementation risks. Furthermore a preparation of a detailed construction plan is envisaged. The social- & environmental screening is of utmost importance to combine interests and regulations of local communities, stakeholders and royalties and to organize capacity build-up. Local partners and local expertise will be used to optimize this workflow. For the project execution including its planning & logistics ILF will define the optimum contracting strategy to implement the project execution plan. The preparation of a logistics study at an early project phase will help to identify potential bottle necks. Furthermore, ILF will review and design – as required – an upgrade of the existing infrastructure which is required for the construction sites (e.g. ports, roads, pipe storage yards, etc.).

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