Bidders line up for Lavan refinery jobs

10 September 2004
Bids are due by early October for two packages on the Lavan refinery upgrade project. However, there has been little movement on other projects at Isfahan, Bandar Abbas, Abadan, Tehran and Tabriz refineries. The client for all the projects is the engineering wing of National Iranian Oil Refining & Distribution Company (NIORDC - MEED 23:7:04).

The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract at Lavan involves the installation of a new medium-sized liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) unit as well as an associated port and harbour. Up to six local companies are understood to be following the project, which is expected to be worth more than $50 million.

A basic engineering contract is also being tendered with a similar bid deadline. The bidders for that project are Italy's Enerchimie Engineering Companyand Namvaran Consulting Engineering, Sazeh Consultand Nargan, all local. Namvaran carried out the feasibility study.

Resubmission of prices is expected to be requested for the Bandar Abbas EPC expansion project, after seven bids were opened in August. At Isfahan refinery, bids were submitted in mid-July for the front-end engineering and design (FEED) package for a major upgrade, which is intended to improve product quality rather than increase capacity. Five bids were submitted but the result of the tender has not yet been announced. The Abadan refinery upgrade is still at the prequalification stage.

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