First field activities started in April 2015. In addition to the pipeline construction, the contract also includes the execution of intermediate valve stations as well as pig launching and receiving facilities and interconnections with new plants and existing facilities such as the central gas processing facility on the Nawara gas field, which is also executed by the consortium. Within the project, STREICHER and Bouchamaoui are responsible for the execution as well as for engineering and procurement. Almost half of the project has already been completed.
Specific working conditions
To achieve a quick working progress, three camps were installed along the route in order to perform several working activities simultaneously. In the South of Tunisia, the pipeline route mainly runs through the desert. „The working conditions are completely different from Europe“, Giovanni Muriana, managing director of MAX STREICHER S.p.A. says. „In summer, the temperature reaches up to 45 degrees, in winter, sandstorms can suddenly occur.“ Therefore, the working day starts very early at about four o’clock in summer and the employees are protected against sand and noise by special equipment. As there are hardly any infrastructural limitations in the South, the activities have been progressing quickly. However, the route runs through agricultural environment in the North. Consequently, the working progress is expected to slow down a bit towards the North, while reaching the city of Gabés.
The cooperation and communication between the 560 local workers and STREICHER employees are smoothly. The local subcontractors are completely integrated. Nevertheless, the political situation in Tunisia is a challenge for the consortium. Therefore, reinforced security measures are applying for the personnel.
Expansion in the North African region
With the development project, MAX STREICHER S.p.A. steps into a new market. „The Nawara project in Tunisia is an essential experience for us in North Africa“, Giovanni Muriana says. „The country is expecting an important development in the oil and gas business, although the current low oil price is slowing down some investments. We will keep an eye on the business development and investment possibilities in this region in the future.“
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