Sumed Oil Pipeline

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Summary Information

  • Source: Ain Sukhna Terminal, Red Sea, Egypt
  • Destination: Sidi Kerir Terminal, Mediterranean Sea, Egypt
  • Ownership: SUMED
    • Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC),
    • Saudi Aramco,
    • Abu Dhabi's National Oil Company (ADNOC),
    • Kuwaiti companies.
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  • Length: 320 kilometres (200 miles)
  • Capacity: 2 million barrels of oil per day
  • Crude Type: Various

Brief Description

  • Sumed is a bypass pipeline which offers an alternative to The Suez Canal
  • It also enables large vessels to partially discharge cargoes, enabling them to pass through the canal
  • The crude oil is transported through two parallel pipelines 42 inch diameter 320 km long each, starting from Ain Sukhna terminal to Sidi Kerir terminal crossing the River Nile South of Cairo where a pressure relief station preserves the pipelines from any over-pressure.
  • Crude oil is dispatched by two pumping stations consisting of ten electric driven centrifugal pumps, 8 mega watt each capable of pumping oil at a flow rate of up to 9300 m3/hr per pipeline
  • Crude continues streaming through Dahshour intermediate boosting station which consists of 6 pumps each driven by 26 mega watt gas turbine.
  • The pipeline is automatically and remotely controlled from the dispatching center located at Ain Sukhna through a state of the art SCADA system linked to all sites via a dedicated digital microwave link, with a hot stand-by from Dahshour station. Besides, all parameters of the pipeline are monitored from Head Quarters at Alexandria where the batching operation schedule is coordinated with pipeline users.

Pipeline Status

  • In operation


  • 1974 - Construction of the pipeline started
  • 1976 - First cargo discharged at Ain Sukhna Terminal
  • 1977 - First cargo loaded at Sidi Kerir Terminal
  • 1978 - Startup of the second phase

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