The Bahrain National Gas Company (Banagas) is to release the tender for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for a gas compressor station contract in the first or second week of February.

The contract is believed to be valued in the region of $100m, which is considerably less than the initial figure of $250-300m. The gas compressor station will be located at the Banagas complex in Sitra.

“The tender will be out in February and the date for bid submissions is in May,” says a source close to the project. “There are two phases for the project.”

The compressor will have a capacity of 65 million cubic feet-a-day (cf/d) when completed and the EPC contract will also include the front-end engineering and design (Feed).

The mandate for the winning bidder will include the design of the gas compressor with a gas turbine driver, a series of pipelines, associated gas gathering line, power supply and all connected process equipment and utilities. 

The project has been scaled back from the initial plans, which involved the construction of seven compressors that would boost the Banagas plant’s existing capacity of 280 million cf/d to 530 million cf/d by 2020.

MEED reported in December that contractors may team up with design engineering companies to execute the project (MEED 3:12:10)