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Italy’s Saipem won a $1.8 billion contract Friday to engineer and construct two pipelines at the Kashagan field project in the Caspian Sea.

Saipem, through its subsidiary ERSAI Caspian Contractor LLC, will construct two 59 mile long pipelines that will connect D island in the Caspian Sea to the Karabatan onshore plant in Kazakhstan.

The scope of the work includes engineering, welding materials, conversion and the preparation of vessels, dredging, installation, burial and pre-commissioning for the two pipelines.

Some of the work will be executed with specialized subcontractors, Saipem said.

The two pipelines will have 28 inch diameters and be made of carbon steel, internally cladded with a corrosion resistant alloy layer.

Each pipeline will have an offshore length of about 40 miles.

The construction will be complete by end of 2016.

“This is a very important contract working for some of the most important oil companies in the world in a key region for Saipem. It also represents another relevant contribution to our backlog in this low price market environment,” Saipem CEO Umberto Vergine.