Abu Dhabi oil Refining Company (Takreer) has pushed back the technical and commercial bid deadlines for an estimated $700m pipelines construction deal by a month.

The state refiner has told international engineering firms lining up to bid on the engineering, procurement and construction contract to hand in their technical bids, outlining engineering proposals, by 7 June rather than the 17 May deadline it had originally set.

The cut-off for commercial bids, originally set at 22 June, has also been pushed back, to 22 July although contractors do not expect to have to submit price proposals before August.

Takreer pushed both deadlines back after firms prequalified to bid on the deal asked for more time to prepare their proposals.

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.

Firms prequalified to bid on the contract include:

  • Techint (Italy)
  • Saipem (Italy)
  • Samsung Engineering (South Korea)
  • Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) (Athens-based)
  • Dodsal (India)
  • Technip (Paris)

It is one of the biggest pipeline deals to be tendered in the emirate in recent years. 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.

The 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).