The National Oil Corporation (NOC), with its partner, Eniof Italy, is edging closer to awarding the main offshore contracts on the $4,500 million Western Desert gas project. Bids were submitted earlier this year for the Bouri field's platform, sealines, and subsea facilities, which will tie into the onshore production coming from the Wafa field in Block NC-169. A consortium led by Japan's JGC Corporationis set to sign for the main onshore field development contract before the end of the year (MEED 12:10:01).
Gas and condensate from Bouri and NC-169 will be collected at central processing facilities to be constructed on the coast at Melitah and then exported to Italy via a 540-kilometre export pipeline known as Green Stream. Eni, through its local subsidiary Agip North Africa, plans to start gas production and begin export deliveries by March 2004 (Libya, MEED Special Report, 17:8:01, pages 24-25).
Three groups have submitted proposals for the estimated $600 million platform package. The scope of works is for the construction of wellhead production facilities for 15 wells sited in about 190 metres of water. Topsides to be installed include accommodation, utilities and production units weighing more than 10,000 tonnes. The platforms will tie in with subsea flow lines and provide partial treatment of associated gas and condensate streams.
One of the companies pursuing the platform works, Saipemof Italy, is among three contractors bidding for the estimated $400 million sealine package. The contract calls for the installation of two 110-kilometre sealines at a depth of up to 200 metres. The diameter of the gas line will be 32 inches and the condensate line will have a diameter of 10 inches.
NOC is also evaluating bids from three companies for the $200 million subsea production facilities. The scope of work covers the construction of subsea facilities for 11 wells, located up to 25 kilometres away from the main platform in water at a depth of 150 metres. Gas will be routed through eight-inch test/production gathering lines and 22-inch production gathering lines to the platform structure.
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