PERN Eyes Contracts Abroad
March 27, 2014
Polish oil pipeline operator PERN, a strategic Treasury-owned company, has unveiled plans to provide services abroad.
PERN has so far been mainly known as a builder and manager of oil depots and oil and fuel pipelines in Poland. While those will remain the company’s core operations, PERN has recently signed a contract to inspect 750 kilometers of pipeline for Ecuador’s EP Petroecuador. The value of the contract has not been disclosed. The inspections will be performed by experts from CDRiA Pipeline Services, a PERN subsidiary that won an international tender for the project.
The Ecuador contract will be a challenge for the Polish company, as the pipeline stretches all the way from the Amazon rainforest to a terminal on the Pacific Ocean, cutting across the Andes thanks to the world’s highest pumping station, located 4,400 meters above sea level. The inspections will employ so-called intelligent pistons developed and built by CDRiA Pipeline Services.
Polish technology is a key asset in PERN’s expansion plans and, according its president, Marcin Moskalewicz, innovation is a priority for the company. “To this end, last year we signed cooperation agreements with the Gdañsk and Warsaw universities of technology,” said Moskalewicz.
So far, CDRiA Pipeline Services has worked abroad only occasionally—on minor projects in Belgium, Germany, Romania and the Czech Republic. According to Moskalewicz, the Ecuador contract marks new opportunities for PERN on other markets in South America. Moskalewicz adds that PERN does not rule out seeking customers for its pipeline inspection services on the huge Middle Eastern markets.