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Saipem has announced a contract with Noble Energy for the offshore installation of a 70km gas pipeline connecting the Alen platform to Punta Europa to supply gas from the Alen field to the Alba liquefied petroleum gas processing plant and the EGLNG facility. Project start-up is planned for H1 2021. The Alen development is the first step in plans for an offshore natural gas hub in Equatorial Guinea, opening the potential for future monetisation of additional discovered resources through existing infrastructure.