Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has asked companies to submit engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) bids for a gas processing project in the north of the sultanate.

The EPC contract will cover phase two of the Saih Rawl gas depletion compression project, which has an estimated budget of $200m.

Interested companies must issue technical bids by 5 May, with the deadline for commercial bids likely to be in the middle of June, according to a source close to the project. The contract is expected to be awarded by 15 July.

The project aims to sustain the production capacity of PDO’s Saih Rawl field as the reservoir pressure declines over time.

The field, located in the Ash-Sharqiyah region, is primarily used to feed the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry, but is also used as a backup when other plants are shut down for maintenance.