Bidding nears peak for OGD-3

12 November 2004
The third phase of the onshore gas development (OGD-3) and second phase of the Asab gas development (AGD-2) programme are expected to gather speed after 20 November, when government agencies reopen following a two-week break (MEED 22:10:04; Oil & Gas, MEED Special Report, 8:10:04, pages 42-43).

Commercial offers are due to be opened on the estimated $200 million package 1 of the programme, covering the construction of gas gathering and reinjection facilities under OGD-3. Four groups of companies priced the estimated $200 million contract in early November, having submitted technical bids in July to the client, Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (Adco).

Revised prices were also submitted in early November for package 2. US-based Bechtelwas the original low bidder at $1,450 million for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract, followed closely by Paris-based Technip. The other bidders are Chiyoda Corporationand JGC Corporation, both of Japan. It is understood that all four bidders submitted revised commercial offers to Abu Dhabi Gas Industries (Gasco)for the contract, which covers the expansion of the Habshan gas complex and the construction of export pipelines under OGD-3 (MEED 1:10:04).

Technical bids are due to be submitted on 20 November for package 3, covering the estimated $500 million-700 million natural gas liquids (NGL) recovery and pipelines package under AGD-2. Commercial offers for the contract are due by year-end, although no deadline has been set. Five contractors are expected to participate in the tender. The client is Gasco.

Technical bids, submitted by six companies on 24 October, are under evaluation at Gasco for package 4, calling for the construction of a third NGL fractionation train and export facilities at Ruwais. A tentative date of 21 December has been set for the submission of commercial bids on the estimated $500 million-700 million contract.

Finally, on package 5, commercial offers are due to be submitted on 22 November to Abu Dhabi Refining Company (Takreer). The estimated $70 million contract involves the construction of three condensate tanks. About seven companies are competing for the work.

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