Cairo-based Al-Sharq Gas Companyis studying several bids for the construction of the subsea section of the planned gas pipeline from Egypt to Jordan. Work is already going ahead on the overland section of the pipeline in Egypt, and bids are scheduled to be submitted by a revised deadline of 21 March for the section that will take the gas from Aqaba to power stations in northern Jordan (MEED 1:3:02).
International companies following the 17-kilometre subsea pipeline are understood to include J Ray McDermott Engineering, Hereema Marine Contractors and VECO- all of the US - Italy's Saipem and French-based Stolt Offshore. Several local contractors have also expressed interest in the civil works associated with the scheme.
Most of the work on the onshore Egyptian section, running from El-Arish to the Gulf of Aqaba, is being done by Engineering for the Petroleum & Process Industries (Enppi)and Petrojet, both of Egypt. The 370-kilometre Jordanian section is to be carried out on a build-own-operate (BOO) basis, and has attracted strong interest from regional and international companies.
Gas deliveries are scheduled to start by the end of 2003 at a rate of 1,000 million cubic metres a year (cm/y). The pipeline will have a capacity of 10,000 million cm/y to allow for future extensions to Syria, Lebanon and Cyprus.
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