Bids due for Adco's Bu Hasa gas lift

26 August 2005
Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (Adco)has invited companies to submit bids by 23 August for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract on the proposed Bu Hasa gas lift project. The prospective bidders include the UK's Mott MacDonald, Lebanon's CATand Descon Engineering, Al-Jaber Energy Services and Galfar Engineering & Contracting Emirates,all local (MEED 10:10:04).

Estimated to be worth AED 60 million ($16 million), the scope of works for the onshore field development includes the supply and installation of a total of about 60 kilometres of 4-6-inch-diameter pipelines, flowlines, compressors, valves and fibre-optic cables. The facilities, which will take about 20 months to complete, are aimed at inter-connecting 13 wellheads and rehabilitating the existing gas-gathering network. Mott MacDonald is the front-end engineering and design (FEED) contractor.

As part of its efforts to increase production capacity to 1.6 million barrels a day (b/d) from 1.4 million b/d, Adco is pursuing several major schemes.

In late July, contracts were awarded for the installation of new production facilities at Huwaila - another onshore oil field. The local Matrix Construction was awarded the $19 million EPC contract, which will include the installation of about 27 kilometres of pipeline, a multi-phase pumping station and related facilities, to increase production by 10,000 b/d by early 2007, rising to 30,000 b/d at a later date.

Other major projects planned include:

The phase 2 expansion of Bab, for which Adco is carrying out a screen study. The project will look at increasing production capacity by an additional 100,000 b/d; and

The Asab full-field development, for which Genesis Oil & Gas Consultants- a wholly-owned subsidiary of Paris-based Technip- is carrying out a conceptual study and masterplan. The scheme is aimed at increasing production by 30,000 b/d.

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