Pre-FEED scope change on Western Pipeline likely

The Preliminary Front End Engineering Design (Pre-FEED) study on the technical and economic viability of the Western Pipeline has been completed but could undergo variations.

Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited (KPHL) Managing Director, Wapu Sonk, told Loop PNG that a decision will be made on the Pre-FEED whether to alter it or proceed ahead into FEED.

“We’ve finalized the pre-FEED and we have the report that we are starting now, and we will make a decision on whether to re-do the some parts of the pre-FEED work or go straight into FEED.

“But at the moment it looks like we will take some time to pre-FEED work on scope change that we are proposing,” Sonk said.

He said the process should take about six months at the most and towards the end of the year should go into FEED.

The Western Pipeline is a concept pushed by KPHL to aggregate all the gas fields in the Western Province into a single pipeline that will run all the way to Port Moresby.

The preposition covers the gas fields of P’nyang, Stanley, Ketu, Elevala, Ubuntu, Pukpuk, Douglas and Kemu, and is expected to underpin all manner of gas commercialization.

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Cedric Patjole