Techint E&C and its partners Arendal and Odebrecht (AOT Pipelines consortium) have successfully completed the automatic welding phase of almost 320 kilometers of pipes in Los Ramones II Norte project in Mexico.
The scope of work includes engineering, procurement, construction and start-up assistance of a 452 kilometer long gas pipeline with 42’’ in diameter, using automatic and manual welding, with two compressor stations of 60,000 HP each.
The pipeline runs across three Mexican states (Nuevo León, Tamaulipas and San Luis Potosí) with a maximum transport capacity of 1,430 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. Construction began in November 2014 and involved 7,200 workers at peak. Start-up is expected for the first quarter of 2016.
One of the main challenges of the project was crossing the Sierra Madre Mountain heights. It included a 2,100 meters cliff wall with slopes of up to 40° which required the use of a cable car in the last 500 meters for pipeline assembly and lay down. All the activities are being developed under the highest quality and safety standards.
This project represents a milestone in the modernization process of the country’s natural gas distribution system in the framework of the Mexican Energy Reform.