Known as the Bu Hasa facilities upgrade project (HUP), the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract is estimated to be worth $25 million-30 million. It calls for the supply and installation of gas receiving units, a flare system, compressors and related pipelines at plant A’s four boot-blower stations.

Five companies – Paris-based Technip-Coflexip, Italy’s Snamprogetti, Clough Engineering of Australia, US-based VECO and Sharjah-based Petrofac International– are prequalified to price the 16-18-month contract. Technip-Coflexip has carried out the front-end engineering and design (FEED) package.

The HUP project is aimed at handling the additional volumes of gas planned to be produced from the proposed Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (Adco)facilities upgrade and reservoirs development project, also planned at Bu Hasa. Five international companies submitted the third and final set of technical bids in early April for the EPC contract, which is estimated to be worth $300 million-350 million. Commercial bids are due to be returned by a provisional mid-May deadline (MEED 11:4:03).

The scope of works on the 32-month contract includes the construction of a new degassification plant with nameplate capacity of 730,000 barrels a day (b/d) and the replacement of the existing two-phase gas separators, each of 50,000 b/d, with four new three-phase separators, each of 120,000 b/d.