20k Oil Pipeline Installed in Kurdistan by Kepi using SoluForce System

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As part of a 3 year contract Kepi were engaged to deliver a project to design, build and manage the installation of 20km of pipeline in Kurdistan, Iraq. This was on behalf of a British oil and gas company. The pipeline has the capacity to deliver 8,000 barrels, which is 1.25 million litres, per day from the well head to the production facility. The project value was circa $2m. 


British Oil and Gas Company



Within three days of confirming this pipeline contract Kepi had deployed a team comprising 30 machines and 120 personnel. During the initial planning phase, considerable time and effort was given to ensure Corporate Social Responsibilities were maintained. Significant numbers of people from the local community were recruited and underwent training. These people were subsequently employed by Kepi on the project itself.

Key to the success of a project like this is the deployment of an experienced Project Manager. Like all Kepi employees, the person appointed to this pipeline job had significant experience and had spent time in Iraq and the Middle East on similar developments. Our team are used to working in remote and challenging environments, balancing the needs and interests of the local community and environment with the clients requirement to get the job done. This is one of the main reasons clients turn to Kepi, their experienced team are second to none in effective delivery, on time and on budget.

The pipeline product selected for this job is one manufactured by SoluForce, Kepi are distributors and installers for SoluForce. This company are the leader in the research, development, manufacture, supply and installation of Flexible Composite Pipes, also known as Reinforced Thermoplastic Pipes (RTP). The SoluForce pipe system is completely non-metallic, meaning it can go round corners, up hills, down slopes, across gullies, under water, in fact everything the terrain can throw at it with ease. It’s fully corrosion resistant and quick to install. This pipeline product includes a corrosion-resistant fitting system that gives excellent, maintenance free operational use. It is also easy to connect SoluForce pipe systems to a conventional pipeline infrastructure.

As this is one of the most versatile RTP Products to work with the route selection was straightforward and any issues with the planned path for the pipeline were easily resolved. Agriculture provides the main source of income for the local community and we wanted to ensure we minimised the effect of the pipe laying and that where possible it did not encroach onto valuable agricultural land.  We recognised this was something to be addressed and early on in the project discussions were held between the Client, Kepi and the local community. These talks ensured minimal agricultural land was lost and little disruption was caused to everyday life for the locals.

Groundworks commenced in the height of Summer and temperatures, often in advance of 50 degrees Celsius were experienced. Strict and sensible measures were introduced to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all involved in the construction and pipe laying. Our dedicated HSE team took the lead on this ensuring all risks were mitigated and minimised, making this side of the project easier for the client.

Significant civil engineering work also needed to be completed alongside the pipe laying. We managed to maintain a steady, high quality and safe installation of the pipeline whilst completing all the other elements of the project such as groundworks and construction. Our client was super happy that we completed the entire project within 90 days and on budget.

This project was very challenging. Our Team worked in hot, inhospitable conditions in remote and mountainous terrain. On top of this we were in a post war zone environment with all the risks and issues that entails. All stakeholders and the client were very happy with the work carried out. Kepi continue to deliver projects like this throughout the Middle East and the rest of the world. For more information complete the Enquiry Form on the website or get in touch with us direct.

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