Bechtel wins OGD-3 Habshan prize

06 December 2004
US-based Bechtelreceived a letter of award on 26 November for the Habshan plant expansion contract on the third phase of the onshore gas development (OGD-3) and phase 2 of the Asab gas development (AGD-2) programme. The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract, valued at $1,458 million and placed by Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Company (Gasco), is the first of five packages to be awarded on the estimated $3,000 million programme (MEED 12:11:04).

Bechtel was low bidder for the 40-month contract, known as package 2 on the OGD-3/AGD-2 programme, when commercial bids were submitted by four international contractors in mid-October. The contract, which will be handled by Bechtel's London office, centres on the construction of a two-train gas processing facility with total capacity of 1,300 million cubic feet a day (cf/d). It also involves the installation of natural gas liquids (NGL) and condensate pipelines to Ruwais. The project manager is US-based Foster Wheeler(MEED 22:10:04).

The programme's next award is expected to be for the estimated $200 million package 1, the OGD-3 gas gathering and reinjection facilities. Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Operations (Adco)received commercial bids in early November for the estimated $200 million contract. Commercial bids have also been submitted by about seven companies for package 5, which involves the construction of three condensate tanks. Abu Dhabi Refining Company (Takreer)is handling the estimated $70 million project.

Technical bids are under evaluation for the two other packages - three and four - both of which are being handled by Gasco. About four companies are competing for package 3, the AGD-2 NGL recovery and pipeline works, while five are in for package 4, the construction of a third NGL train at Ruwais.

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