Bechtel will manage engineering, procurement and construction of 12 new natural-gas pipelines in Thailand under a contract announced last week.

The San Francisco-based company was chosen by Gulf MP Co. of Thailand to build the new pipelines, ranging between 8 in. and 16 in. in diameter and between 1 and 11 kilometers in length. The company also will handle EPC for the pipeline’s receiving stations.

Bechtel did not disclose the contract value, and neither it nor the owner responded to ENR's inquiries.

The gas pipelines will feed 12 new natural-gas-fired combined-cycle powerplants, which will each provide 120 to 130 megawatts of electricity to industrial users and the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand.

Japan’s Toyo Engineering Corp. Group was announced earlier this year as the EPC contractor for the powerplants. Finland-based Pöyry was awarded an engineering services contract for nine of the plants.

Notice to proceed for the first plant was given in February, and the remaining notices will be issued at regular intervals through April 2017. The overall schedule for the 12 projects is 53 months, with the first powerplant project scheduled to be in operation by May 2017; all projects will be completed by July 2019.

“Bechtel is looking forward to its continued contribution to Thailand’s economy through employment of Thai colleagues and further development of the country’s energy infrastructure,” said Jack Futcher, president of Bechtel’s oil, gas and chemicals business unit in Houston.




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