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Wärtsilä Wins Turkish Pipeline Contract

Posted on August 31, 2006

Wärtsilä Corporation was awarded a maintenance and supervision contract from Botas International Ltd (BIL) for the Turkish section of the 1790 km-long Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline connecting the Caspian oilfields to shipping terminals in the Mediterranean. The new maintenance and supervision contract has a term of three years and is intended to ensure the reliable and safe operation of the four pumping stations along the Turkish part of the pipeline. Wärtsilä is responsible to BIL for supervision of operation and maintenance work at each station. Under the contract, a resident supervisor will be provided for each station.

In 2002 Wärtsilä won the contract to supply 18 pumping units for the Turkish section of the strategic BTC pipeline. Each of the pumping units includes a centrifugal crude oil pump driven by a Wärtsilä 34SG gas-fuelled engine through a speed-increasing gearbox. The units were installed at four pumping stations in the highlands of Turkey. The total power generated by the units is approximately 100 MW. Wärtsilä's scope of supply also included, in addition to pumping units, supervision of the installation work. The filling of the BTC pipeline with crude oil began in May 2005, and in July 2006 the first oil shipments were exported from the Mediterranean port of Ceyhan.

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