Bids due for Khurais offsites package

16 December 2005
Saudi Aramco has issued for bid the first major construction package on its ambitious Khurais onshore oil increment programme. Six international companies have been invited to submit technical and commercial bids on 17 January for the offsites and utilities package (MEED 4:11:05).

The invitees are a team of the US' Foster Wheelerwith South Korea's Hyundai Engineering & Construction Company, ABB Lummus Globaland Fluor Corporation, both US-based,the Italian office of Paris-based Technip, and Snamprogettiand Techint, both of Italy.

Estimated to be worth $750 million, the package is aimed at the reinjection of 2 million barrels a day (b/d) of treated seawater into the Khurais, Abu Jifan and Mazalij fields to support the production of Arabian Light crude. The scope of works includes the construction of seawater supply and injection facilities at Khurais, expansion of the Qurayyah seawater treatment plant by the addition of four 500,000-b/d treatment modules, the supply and installation of two 15,000-hp pumps and two main pipelines with a total length of 160 kilometres.

The package has been tendered on a converted lump-sum turnkey (LSTK) basis, with a bid target price and fee. An award is due by early March, with the facilities targeted to be completed by mid-2008. A group of US-based Jacobs Engineeringwith Canada's SNC Lavalin and Saudi Consulting Services (SaudConsult)is the project management consultant (PMC).

The estimated $11,000 million Khurais oil increment programme is aimed at the construction of facilities to deliver 1.2 million-1.32 million b/d of Arabian Light crude capacity by December 2008. The scheme is being tendered in several major packages.

Aramco is due to issue a tender by late December for the next major package, covering the installation of seawater/crude oil pipelines. About 15 companies applied for prequalification in mid-November for the estimated $750 million contract (MEED 14:10:05).

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