Heavy crude targeted in planned Nor Peruano pipeline overhaul

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The quality of crude produced by Peruvian blocks that use the Nor Peruano oil pipeline (ONP) has fallen progressively since the transport infrastructure came online in the 1970s to handle light crude.

That's according to state oil company Petroperú which highlights, for example, that the quality of current production from block 192 is 17.9-18° API.

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The NOC forecasts that output from 192 and other northern jungle blocks such as 67, 8, 131, 64 and 67 will be primarily heavy crude with expected quality of 10-14° API. The duct also could transport crude from Ecuador block 86.

Against this backdrop, Petroperú published reference terms for a contract to conduct conceptual, prefeasibility-phase studies for ONP's modernization.

The winner of the six-month contract will look at concession alternatives/models, transport tariff schemes and technologies, and prepare cost estimates as well as reference terms for the FEED component, among other tasks.

ONP has been shut down since February 2016 because of leaks but pumping is expected to resume by mid-year.