Bids submitted for Umm al-Qaiwain gas plant

22 March 2002

Bids have been submitted for the main engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts on the Umm al-Qaiwain gas development project (MEED 11:1:02; 7:9:01).

The offshore package, estimated to be worth a total of $50 million-60 million, has two elements. The first involves the construction and installation of a wellhead platform and related facilities. The bidders include Bouygues Offshore of France, the local Valentine Maritime (Gulf), J Ray McDermott of the US and Sembawang of Singapore.

The second element covers the supply and installation of a 14-inch-diameter, 32-kilometre subsea pipeline connecting the offshore facilities to a proposed onshore gas-processing plant. The bidders include National Petroleum Construction Company, Gulf Piping Company, both local, J Ray McDermott and Sembawang.

Bids were submitted on 19 March for the onshore EPC. The bidders are the UK's KCC, Sharjah-based Petrofac International and Propac of Canada. The estimated $50 million-60 million contract calls for the construction of a 150 million-cubic-feet-a-day (cf/d) gas-processing and sweetening plant, test separators, slug catchers, storage works and civil works for a control system. The capacity of the plant is expected to be increased to 300 million cf/d at a later stage.

The plant's feedstock will be sourced from an offshore discovery, located about 23 kilometres from the mainland.

Technip Abu Dhabi, part of Paris-based Technip-Coflexip, carried out the front-end engineering and design (FEED) for the project. The facilities will take about 14 months to complete. The client is Atlantis Holdings Norway, with Abu Dhabi-based UAE Offsets Group (UOG). UOG will be an investor in the project as well as purchaser of the gas, which will be sold to the Federal Electricity & Water Authority (FEWA) for power generation.

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