Bluewater wins Benin export work

Bluewater Energy Services has won work to provide an export system offshore Benin, the end point of a pipeline running from Niger.

Bluewater said it would deliver an export catenary anchor leg mooring CALM buoy system to Cotonou, at the Sèmè-Kpodji terminal.

The pipeline aims to provide exports of 100,000 barrels per day in 2023. This would rise to 200,000 bpd in the longer term.

Benin and Niger signed a bilateral agreement in January 2019 on the transportation system.
China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) units are overseeing the works. CNPC’s China National Oil and Gas Exploration and Development Co. (CNODC) unit will carry out the pipeline construction via West Africa Oil Pipeline Bénin Co. (WAPCO Bénin).

The pipeline will be 1,980 km long. Of this length, 685 km will be in Benin. WAPCO Bénin will build two pumping stations, at Gogounou and Tchatchou.

Benin officially launched construction of its part of the pipeline system on May 20.

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