Abu Dhabi Gas Industries (Gasco) plans to release a tender for a new onshore gas pipeline worth an estimated $500m.

The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) deal covers two 300-kilometre pipelines with a diameter of 52-inches, from gas distribution manifolds at Habshan in the southwest of the emirate, to manifolds at Matqa just outside Abu Dhabi.

A tender is expected to be issued before 19 January. Gasco invited 12 international engineering and construction contractors to express interest in the deal at the end of 2011. These include:

  • National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC)
  • Larsen & Toubro (India)
  • Punj Lloyd (India)
  • Dodsal (India)
  • China Petro (China)
  • Sinopec (China)
  • Saipem (Italy)
  • Kazstroyservice (Kazakhstan)
  • Globalstroy (Russia)
  • Alsa (UAE)
  • Consolidated Construction Company (Athens-based)

Gasco was formed in 1978 as a joint venture of state-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc), UK-Dutch Shell, France’s Total and Portugal’s Partex.

According to data from regional projects tracker MEED Projects, over the last two years Gasco has awarded $1.3bn-worth of EPC contracts. These include four pipeline deals, and five gas processing schemes. The largest of these was a $500m contract with India’s Dodsal for sulphur formation, granulation and handling facilities at Habshan in December 2010 (MEED 29:12:10).