The Shell Kolo-Creek-Rumuekpe Trunkline Replacement Project (KCTL)
This 20” X 38 kilometre pipeline replacement project was constructed by Nestoil for Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC). The project was awarded on May 29, 2005. It was a replacement project, consisting of recovering an existing pipeline laid in 1973 and laying the new line in the same ditch from where the old pipeline was removed. As a first of its kind, this method of pipeline installation preserves the delicate natural environment of the Niger Delta.
The project ran across 15 communities in both Rivers State and Bayelsa State. There are two major end facilities of Rumuekpe and Kolo Creek Manifolds and a middle facility of Enwe manifold for which yard fabrication of pig launcher and receiver, associated pipping, fitting and on-site installation were done.
The nature of the KCTL project involved constructing two major river crossings for Orashi and Sambrairo rivers, two major creek crossings for Kolo creek and Okoma creeks and several minor creek crossings. The project terrain cut across land, seasonal swamp as well as flooded and muddy terrain.
99% of the KCTL project staff were Nigerians including the project manager. The project was commissioned and first oil was achieved on July 19, 2009.