AMEC wins Harweel FEED contract

21 November 2003
Petroleum Development Oman (PDO)has awarded the UK's AMECthe front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract for the phase 2 development of the Harweel cluster. AMEC beat off competition from three US-based companies - Parsons International, Halliburtonand Foster Wheeler- to take the award.

The phase 2 development of Harweel will entail the construction of facilities for miscible gas injection across seven operating fields.

PDO received in early November responses from 10 companies to an inquiry for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract. The invitation to prequalify is expected in January (MEED 26:9:03).

PDO is already pushing ahead with the phase 1 development, which is being carried out by a contracting team of the local GPS, Galfar Engineering & Contractingand Japan's Yokogawa Europe. Phase 2 will require significant investment to build additional power generation facilities and gas compression units.

Increasing output from Harweel is an essential element of the company's recovery plan, aimed at boosting falling oil output, which now stands at about 700,000 barrels a day. The company has earmarked $2,000 million of investment over the next three years to increase output through a series of enhanced oil recovery, steam injection and water flooding schemes (MEED 7:11:03).

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