Several companies are preparing to bid for a contract to supply the carbon pipes for a 230-kilometre gas pipeline project in central Oman.

The project, operated by state-owned Oman Gas Company, will link the Saih Nihayda gas field to the Duqm Special Economic Zone on Oman’s central Wusta coast. The 32-inch pipeline will have a capacity of 12 million cubic metres a day.

About 25 international and local companies have collected the bid documents for the pipe supply deal with the turnout dominated by Asian companies, according to the Oman Daily Observer.

The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the estimated $210m project is expected to be tendered in the fourth quarter of 2012, with the scheme targeted for completion in early 2017.

The pipeline is expected to supply a new power plant and a major refinery and petrochemicals project being planned in Duqm.