Contractors submitted bids on 21 March for an electrical instrumentation package on the jetty boil off gas recovery scheme in Ras Laffan.

The contract is expected to be awarded by June. “They are targeting to have that awarded by end of April or 1 May. But that’s a little aggressive, it will probably be more like June,” says a source close to the project.

A total of seven companies submitted bids, including local firms Medgulf and Qcon, Pakistan’s Descon Engineering and India’s Punj Lloyd.

The scope of the package includes civil works and the laying of 132kV cables.

The package is the last of five engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) tenders for the project. The contract award for the off plot works is imminent, while the contract for the process unit housing compressors is due to be awarded in the first week of April, according the source.

The bid list for all three outstanding contracts is identical.

Two other packages have already been awarded and are under construction. One of the packages encompasses front site preparation and piling work, which is about 60 per cent complete, says the source. Another package covers the construction of a breakwater causeway.

In April 2010, US-based Fluor were appointed the engineering, procurement, construction and management contractor by Qatargas. In February, the US’ GE was contracted to supply six compressors for the project.

The boil of gas recovery project will recover gas from liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers in Ras Laffan port, and convert it back to LNG. Qatargas aims to recover the equivalent of some 600,000 tonnes a year of LNG.