oa Civil Engineer in South Africa - Feasibility study, conceptual design and project management
After exploring hydrocarbon deposits onshore and offshore for about 20 years, Soekor in 1984 embarked on a feasibility study to determine whether offshore gas deposits could be viably processed to produce fuel products. Two contractors were appointed, one to study the offshore development and the other the onshore development. At the outset there was concern about the offshore development, as this was a new venture that had never been undertaken in South Africa before.
The establishment of a new industry in a country far from traditional areas of offshore developments and industries and with mandatory sanctions imposed by the United Nations made it a real challenge for the project managers and the client. Coping with these adverse conditions, South Africa had the courage to embark on this project, rallying the industry to set up a grass roots capability.
This paper describes the three stages of the project from the feasibility study to final execution and handover to the client.
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