Cairn's crude oil pipeline to be ready by June 2009: L&T

Engineering and construction major Larsen and Toubro (L&T) today said it would complete a 585km pipeline for evacuation of crude oil from Cairn India's Rajasthan field by June 2009 in sink with the company's oil production plans.

We are talking of project completion to merge evacuation of crude that is planned for second half of 2009," K Venkataramanan, president operations,  L&T, said.

Cairn had awarded a Rs600-crore contract to L&T in February for the laying of a heated pipeline for transporting crude oil from Barmer in Rajasthan to Salaya in Gujarat.

He said the pipeline would be commissioned by June 2009 and some balance work, including the laying of additional spur lines would be done by December 2009.    

"There are restoration works of the land that would stretch to end 2009," he said, adding, the work would not impact transportation of crude oil.    

Cairn India plans to start pumping crude oil from its Rajasthan field by third quarter of 2009 and a pipeline is needed before that to take the crude to refineries in Gujarat for processing.      

L&Ts pipeline engineering centre would provide complete engineering services for the cross country pipeline and the intermediate facilities for this project.