• Project will connect gas plant to Saudi gas infrastructure
  • Package is one of several contested on oil and gas megaproject
  • Fadhili gas plant will boost Saudi gas processing capacity

Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) has emerged as the frontrunner to win the pipelines package on Saudi Aramco’s Fadhili gas plant project, according to sources familiar with the scheme.

Athens-based CCC is one of several companies vying for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) tender valued at an estimated $500m, with Turkish group Tekfen Construction also thought to have submitted a bid.

The pipeline is one of several packages being contested on the Fadhili gas plant, which will process sour gas from the Khursaniyah oil field and the Hasbah non-associated gas field.

Aramco has ramped up its offshore non-associated gas operations in the Gulf in recent years and is developing several fields in the region. These include the Karan, Hasbah and Arabiyah fields.

The scope of the pipelines package covers:

  • 260km sales gas pipeline from Fadhili gas plant to East-West Pump Station No. 1 
  • 40km sales gas pipeline from Khursaniyah-Berri gas and Wasit-Berri gas pipelines to Fadhili gas plant 
  • 40km pipeline to transport heavy diesel oil from Fadhili gas plant to the Wasit gas plant 
  • 40km pipeline to transport sour gas from Wasit gas plant to Fadhili gas plant
  • 61km pipeline to transport sweet water from Marfiq Jubail to Fadhili gas plant
  • Associated facilities

Much of the gas contained in the oil major’s Eastern Province hydrocarbon assets is sour, meaning it has a high sulphur content. This makes it more difficult to process than sweeter gas, which has minimal amounts of sulphur.

Companies have also submitted bids for the three main EPC packages for the construction of the gas plant.

According to sources, Spain’s Tecnicas Reunidas (TR) submitted the lowest prices for packages 1 and 2 – for the respective central gas processing facility and offsites & utilities.

For package 3, the sulphur recovery unit (SRU), the two lowest bidders were UK-based Petrofac and a consortium of South Korean groups Daewoo Engineering & Construction and Samsung Engineering.

UK-based Amec Foster Wheeler carried out the front-end engineering & design (feed) study for the project, which is expected to have the capacity to process 2.5 billion cubic feet a day (cf/d).