The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract will involve the construction of 800 million-cubic-feet-a-day (cf/d) gas treatment and 6,400-tonne-a-day natural gas liquids (NGL) recovery capacity at the existing Asab gas plant. The 38-month contract will also entail the construction of NGL storage facilities and a new flare, the supply and installation of an 82-kilometre NGL export pipeline to Habshan and related civil works. The Houston office of Bechtel will manage the contract. The US/Canadian VECOis the project management consultant (PMC).

Package 3 is the second major EPC contract award for Bechtel on the mega-gas development project. In late 2004 it won the $1,458 million contract to carry out the Habshan plant expansion. Known as package 2, the 40-month contract centres on the construction of a two-train gas processing facility with total capacity of 1,300 million cf/d. It also involves the installation of NGL and condensate pipelines to Ruwais. US-based Foster Wheeler is the PMC.

The OGD-3/AGD-2 integrated gas recycling programme is aimed at significantly enhancing the emirate’s position in the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) market, driving new petrochemical development at Ruwais and addressing falling reservoir pressure in onshore oil fields.