Bids in for first Al-Shaheen packages

13 April 2006

Technical bids have been submitted to Maersk Oil Qatar (MOQ), the local subsidiary of Denmark's Maersk Oil & Gas, for the first two fabrication and installation contracts on its $5,000 million Al-Shaheen oil field development project. The field development - aimed at increasing production capacity to 525,000 barrels a day (b/d) by the end of 2009 from 240,000 b/d - is being carried out in 10 packages (Qatar, MEED Special Report, 24:2:06, pages 48-50).

Bids are under evaluation for package 9, which covers five wellhead jackets and a riser bridge, and package 10, involving three wellhead decks. Both packages are estimated to be worth a total of $200 million.

Bidders for the two contracts include Abu Dhabi-based National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC) and Jebel Ali-based J Ray McDermott. Tender documents are also due to be issued by mid-April for the largest packages on the development - the process platforms and the utility/process platforms. They will call for the installation of five process platforms, with facilities for oil/water separation, treatment of produced water and oil exports. MOQ will procure the long-lead items.

The overall development calls for the installation of 18 new platforms, made up of five wellhead platforms, two flare platforms, five process/utility platforms and six accommodation platforms. It also includes the installation of about 300 kilometres of in-field subsea pipelines and 40 kilometres of power cables.

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