Societe Anonyme Marocaine de l’Industrie du Raffinage (Samir) is due to issue a tender in early February for the pipeline package on the Mohammedia refinery rehabilitation project.

Five groups – the German office of Paris-based Technipwith India’s Punj Lloyd, Turkey’s Tekfenand Saipem, Bonatti and Sicim, all of Italy – have been prequalified to price the estimated Eur 150 million ($180 million) contract to build a 22-inch-diameter, 250-kilometre-long gas pipeline to link the 125,000-barrel-a-day refinery and Ouazzane on the Gazoduc Maghreb Europe (GME) pipeline.

The GME pipeline will have capacity to supply 2,000 million-4,000 million cubic metres a year of gas. A consortium of Italy’s Snamprogettiand Tekfen is carrying out the main package under a $550 million contract awarded in late 2005.

The contract includes the installation of a new 36,000-b/d hydrocracker, a 55,000-b/d diesel hydro-desulphurisation unit and associated facilities (MEED 23:9:05).