Ministry greenlights Petroperú pipeline, multi-buoy project

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The energy environmental affairs department of Peru's energy and mines ministry has approved the EIS for state oil company Petroperú's project to replace underwater pipelines and the multi-buoy terminal at the Talara refinery.

The 42.8mn-sol (US$15mn) project aims to increase crude discharge capacity by allowing tankers from 45,000DWT to Aframax-type vessels up to 150,000DWT (approximately 1Mb) to dock.

The new terminal would be 3.2km from the shore, versus the current 1.6km distance, and allow up to 1Mb to be offloaded in 33 hours. The current Norte and Sur pipelines have been in service for 30 and 82 years, respectively, the ministry said in a statement.

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According to the EIS, construction is scheduled to take 287 days.