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Equatorial Guinea awards $100 mln pipeline contract to Saipem

CAPE TOWN, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Equatorial Guinea has awarded a $90-$100 million contract to build a 70 km subsea pipeline linking the Noble Energy operated Alen Unit to the country's Punta Europa petrochemical hub to Italian firm Saipem , the oil ministry said on Thursday.

The first gas is expected to be delivered from the project early in 2021, said oil minister Gabriel Obiang Lima in a statement. (Reporting by Wendell Roelf; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)