Bids have been invited by 26 October for four packages to develop block 5A, an onshore concession in the south of the country. The block is operated by White Nile Petroleum Operating Company, a joint venture between Malaysia's Petronas, India's ONGC Videshand the local Sudapet.
The packages are: Central processing facilities, with capacity of about 150,000 barrels a day (b/d) of oil and about 120,000 b/d of water, costing $300 million-400 million; Field processing facilities, covering installation of 28 wellheads, gathering manifolds, a eight-inch, 24-kilometre pipeline, a 14-inch, 14-kilometre pipeline and 24 kilometres of overhead transmission cable, costing about $80 million; A 24-inch, 170-kilometre pipeline to carry oil from the Heglig producing area to the southeast, costing about $50 million; And a captive power plant with capacity of 30 MW, costing about $25 million. A large number of companies are understood to have applied to prequalify for the contracts, with the list of those shortlisted looking similar to those prequalified for the Melut basin development contracts, which were let in the second quarter (MEED 18:6:04).
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