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Contract awarded on £1bn pipeline

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Turner & Townsend has won a key role on a $1.55bn (£1.1bn) fuel transportation scheme in Africa.

The consultancy was named as project manager for the 550km Horn of Africa pipeline by developer Black Rhino MOGS.

The 510mm steel pipeline will be capable of transporting more than 240,000 barrels of jet fuel, diesel and gasoline from Djibouti to central Ethiopia per day, easing the pressure on the narrow two-lane road that currently takes 500 tanker trucks every 24 hours.

A range of project control services will be carried out by Turner & Townsend including estimating, change management, performance measurement and procurement management.

Detailed design and procurement is scheduled to take place on the project over the coming months.

Turner & Townsend director Mark Haselau said: “We’ve been guiding and supporting Black Rhino MOGS on this critically important project since its inception. As this is a cost-driven project, the developers require an end-to-end solution delivered on time and on budget.

“The challenge lies in overcoming the logistical, infrastructural and regulatory issues presented on the African continent – including the physical importation and transportation of materials to the many sites and laydown areas along the pipeline’s route.

“However, once completed, the project will play an essential role in meeting the rising demand for fuel from Ethiopia’s fast-growing economy – as well as increasing energy security and reducing harmful emissions across the region.”

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