Aramco tenders GOSP 3

26 September 2003
Local and international companies responded by 20 September to a Saudi Aramco solicitation of interest for the project to build a new gas/oil separation plant (GOSP) in the Eastern Province. Prequalification documents for the lump-sum turnkey (LSTK) contract are due to be submitted by 7 October. The facility, known as Haradh GOSP 3, will support the production of Arabian light crude from the Haradh 3 production area. Last year, Aramco awarded two GOSP contracts under the Qatif incremental oil and associated gas project to Italy's Snamprogetti and CBI Arabia, part of the US' Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (CBI - MEED 8:3:02).

Under the project specifications, the successful bidder will build a 300,000-barrel-a-day GOSP plant in addition to a range of other facilities. These include a desalter/dehydrator, a water/oil separator, two high-pressure production traps (HPPT), one low-pressure production trap (LPPT), three seawater injection pumps, two crude shipping pumps, plant utilities and gas-gathering - among other - facilities. Additional work covers the installation of an injection pump at Haradh GOSP 2.

Aramco's approved budget for the total project is understood to be $300 million, with the LSTK contract estimated to be worth at least $120 million. Invitations to bid are scheduled to be released in November, following prequalification. The bid deadline will be January 2004 and the contract is due to be awarded three months later. The project is due to come on stream in April 2006.

The US' Foster Wheeler is providing project management consultancy (PMC) services.

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