Saudi Aramco and the Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO) have successfully introduced an AB-4 pipeline into service. The Saudi Aramco-Bahrain crude oil pipeline will cater to the needs of Bahrain’s growing energy demand.
The new pipeline will be transporting up to 350 000 bpd of crude oil. It originates from Saudi Aramco’s Abqaiq Plants and terminates at the BAPCO Refinery in Bahrain. The 30 in. diameter and 112 km long AB-4 pipeline consists of three segments. Thus, there is a 42 km onshore Saudi segment, 28 km Bahrain onshore segment, and a 42 km offshore segment.
The new pipeline provides cutting-edge functionality to ensure safety, environmental conservation and hydrocarbon supply reliability for the next decades. However, the previous 73-years old pipeline system which has provided BAPCO with crude oil since 1945 will retire safely.
Abdullah M. Mansour, the acting executive head of pipelines distribution and terminals at Saudi Aramco, says: “The commissioning of AB-4 pipeline is another chapter in the special relationship between Saudi Aramco and BAPCO in several aspects including the energy sector that has flourished for more than 73 years and beyond”.