UK-based consultancy Penspen has been named owner's engineers by the Nabucco gas pipeline partners.
Penspen said it will now assist the Nabucco partners - Botas, Bulgargaz-Holding, Transgaz, MOL and OMV - in setting up and managing local front-end engineering and design contractors in Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey.
Penspen's scope of services includes the overall management of the local FEED contractors, the review of the technical feasibility study, route confirmation, preparation of the design basis, hydraulic studies, overall SCADA and telecommunications, GIS and preparation of tender packages for the next phase.
The planned Nabucco natural gas pipeline constitutes a dedicated gas transit and transportation pipeline from Turkey to Austria via Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary. The aim is to create a pipeline system for natural gas transmission from different sources in the Caspian Sea Region and the Middle East to Central Europe.