AB Pipeline

One of the most noteworthy achievements of 2018 was the on-budget commissioning of the new crude oil pipeline AB4 on October 3rd, 2018. The new pipeline replaces an existing, ageing 235,000 bpd link from Saudi Arabia, and also increases Bapco's capacity to import Saudi Arabian crude oil for the BMP safely and efficiently.

The new pipeline is equipped with a sophisticated leak detection system, and has operations, environmental and security communication systems that are linked to the Bapco refinery control room for round the clock monitoring and control.

Numerous project management and construction challenges were successfully overcome, including removal of 40 million cubic meters of water encountered beneath the King Hamad highway, resulting in 5 large man-made lakes being formed in the desert and attracting a multitude of wildlife species.