Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (Takreer) has postponed the bid deadline for a major pipeline project in the emirate by a month as it works to incorporate new security systems into the scheme.

The company has asked prequalified firms to submit technical proposals for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract by 5 July, rather than an earlier 7 June deadline that was postponed from the original 17 May cut-off for bids (MEED 21:5:10).

Firms bidding on the deal now expect to be asked for commercial bids in August rather than in July, as they had previously thought.

UAE energy contract awards *
Contract value ($m) Award date
1,550 Q1
8,731 Q2
3,130 Q3
4,500 Q4
*=2010; Q=Quarter; f+ Forecast.  Source: MEED Projects

Takreer released formal invitations to bid for the main EPC contract on the scheme, which covers the construction of more than 900 kilometres of pipelines, ranging from 10 to 28 inches in size, on 11 March.

The bid deadline has been pushed back to allow contractors more time to work on proposals after Takreer asked them to add a series of new security systems to the project. The winning firm will now have to build a network of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras along the route, sources close to the project tell MEED.

The CCTV development is part of a wider scheme planned by Abu Dhabi’s Critical National Infrastructure Authority (CNIA), which will eventually see the cameras and associated security systems rolled out across Abu Dhabi’s oil and gas transportation network.

The pipeline contract is part of a second-phase scheme to link the emirate’s refineries known as the inter-refinery pipeline project (IRP) 2.

South Korea’s Daewoo won a $270m EPC deal to build storage tanks at Takreer’s Mussafah storage depot as part of the project earlier in May (MEED 4:5:10).

The main part of the contract covers a 230km pipeline linking the Abu Dhabi refinery with Takreer’s Ruwais refinery.

Other pipelines will link the Ruwais refinery, the Abu Dhabi refinery, the Al-Ain storage depot, the Mussafah distribution depot and Abu Dhabi International airport. The contract also covers the construction of around 24 oil storage tanks across the emirate.