Companies invited to bid for the contract are understood to include Jebel Ali-based J Ray McDermott Middle East, Abu Dhabi’s National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC), South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries, Singapore’s Sembawang (SOME)and Stolt Offshoreof France.

The contract covers:

the supply and installation of a gas processing and compression platform

the supply and installation of a utilities platform

a stand-alone high-pressure and low- pressure flare tripod

bridges to link the new platform and flare stack to the PS-3 complex

the installation of new subsea pipelines.

The project calls for 300 million-400 million cubic feet a day (cf/d) of wet gas to be extracted from the gas cap, from which 36,000 barrels a day (b/d) of associated condensate will be recovered. The condensate will then be spiked into the existing main oil line running to the offshore loading terminal at Halul. There, it will be mixed with other offshore crudes and then sold as Qatar marine blend. The residual gas will be reinjected into the oil reservoir to maintain pressure.

The front-end engineering and design (FEED) contractor was Australia’s Worley.