Bidding hots up on Pearl GTL

21 October 2005
Bidding is accelerating on the estimated $7,000 million integrated Pearl gas-to-liquids (GTL) project following the release of invitation to bid (ITBs) documents to prequalified contractors for more onshore engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) packages and site contracts. The ITBs follow the release of tenders for the two biggest EPC onshore packages, C4 and C5, and the appointment of the Japanese/US venture, JGC Corporationand Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR), as the EPC management contractor for the synthesis core, utilities and infrastructure packages (MEED 7:10:05).

The latest onshore EPC packages to be issued for bid are:

C1, covering the plant office buildings. Five companies are prequalified to submit technical bids by 1 December and commercials by 26 February. The prequalifiers are: the local Al-Huda Engineering Works; Germany's Bilfinger Bergerwith the UAE's Al-Hamed Development & Construction; the local Construction Development Company (CDC); Austria's Strabag; and Japan's Taisei Corporation;

C2, air separation units. Technical bids are due on 4 January and commercials on 23 February. The prequalifiers are US-based Chicago Bridge & Iron; Germany's Linde; and France's Air Liquidewith India's Larsen & Toubro;

C8, water treatment plant. Technical bids are due in early February from a French/local joint venture of Degremont, Ondeoand Teyseer Contracting Company; US-based Earthtech; France's OTVwith the UAE's Al-Jaber Group; and Japan's Toyo Engineering Corporation.

The two site contracts issued are:

Material offloading facility. Technical and commercial bids are due on 9 November. The prequalifiers are: Geneva-registered Archirodon Construction (Overseas); India's Afcons; the Bilfinger/Al-Hamed team; South Africa's Murray & Roberts Contractors (Middle East); Turkey's STFA; and France's Vinci Construction;

Site preparation. Three companies are prequalified to bid by 22 October. They are: the local Aljaber Engineering; the local/Omani Galfar Al-Misnad Engineering & Contracting; and Qatar Dredging Company.

Bidding is well under way for the two offshore packages. Technical bids were submitted on 8 October for the pipeline package by South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries, Italy's Saipemand Jebel Ali-based J Ray McDermott (Middle East). Commercials bids are due in early November. For the other offshore package, covering platforms, technical bids went in on 1 October.

Pearl GTL, being developed by the Royal Dutch/Shell Group, centres on the construction of two 70,000 barrel-a-day gas-to-liquid (GTL) trains.

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