Amman issues Iraqi pipeline tender

23 November 2001

The Energy & Mineral Resources Ministry has invited bids for the construction of a 750-kilometre pipeline to convey Iraqi crude to the refinery at Zarqa, northeast of Amman. The contract, which will be awarded on a build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) basis, will involve construction of a pipeline to carry 250,000 barrels a day (b/d) of oil from the Iraqi pumping station at Haditha, 260 kilometres northwest of Baghdad. The two governments will share the estimated $365 million cost of the project, which was originally agreed upon in 1998.

Contractors are required to submit a combined proposal package, including prequalification documents, a technical proposal and a financial proposal, by 16 April. Construction of the pipeline is due to start immediately after the contract award in July, and is to be completed in 2004. ILF Consulting Engineersof Germany is the consultant on the project.

Under the UN oil-for-food programme, Iraq supplies Jordan with about 80,000 b/d of crude, exported across the border by truck (MEED 23:11:01).

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