Four international contractors have submitted bids for the first of three engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) deals to Russia’s Gazprom, the developer of Iraq’s Badra gas field in Wasit province.

The first phase involves the construction of three trains with a total capacity of 165,000 barrels a day (b/d), costing an estimated $250-300m.

The four firms who have submitted commercial and technical proposals for the EPC of a first phase central processing facility (CPF) are:

  • Petrofac (UK)
  • Saipem (Italy)
  • Samsung Engineering (South Korea)
  • Technip (France)

A tender for the EPC for a second phase of CPFs was launched on 27 September. The company has set a $12m bid bond for the deal. Prequalification documents were collected by 30 September and must be submitted before 16 October.

Tender documents will be sent to qualified bidders on 1 November and bids are set to be submitted by 15 January.

According to a source close to the scheme, Gazprom has relaunched the prequalification process for the pipeline deal, which involves the construction of natural gas, crude oil and water pipelines, as well as in-field pipelines.

Tenders are yet to be released for an export pipeline from Badra to the Gharraf field in the south of the country.

The 3 billion barrel field was awarded in January 2010 to a consortium of Gazprom, South Korea’s Kogas, Malaysia’s Petronas and TPAO of Turkey (MEED 21:6:11).

The consortium plans to lift production at the field to 170,000 b/d at the currently inactive reservoir, for a fee of $5.50 a barrel above 15,000 b/d.