Contractors submit bids for five Aramco offshore tenders

20 March 2024
Aramco has received bids from LTA entities for five new CRPOs after it cancelled the tendering process for more than a dozen tenders in February

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Entities in Saudi Aramco’s Long-Term Agreement (LTA) pool of contractors have submitted bids for five new offshore oil and gas field upgrade tenders issued in recent weeks.

The tenders are Contracts Release and Purchase Order (CRPO) numbers 131, 132, 139, 142 and 143, according to sources.

LTA entities submitted bids for these CRPOs in mid-March, sources told MEED.

Bidders were previously set deadlines in early March for the submission of bids for these CRPOs, as MEED previously reported.

Bidding activity for these tenders is taking place against the backdrop of Aramco having shelved more than a dozen offshore oil field upgrade tenders that were issued to its LTA pool of offshore contractors last year. The decision followed a Saudi Energy Ministry directive on 30 January for Aramco to abandon its campaign to expand oil production spare capacity from 12 million barrels a day (b/d) to 13 million b/d by 2027.

Aramco cancelled the tendering process for at least 15 CRPO jobs involving the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of key structures at major offshore oil fields, MEED previously reported.

CRPOs under bidding

The scope of work on the five CRPOs for which contractors have submitted bids, and their submission deadlines, are as follows:

  • CRPO 131: 13 March
    Two jackets at the Arabiyah field
    One simultaneous operations-capable jacket at the Hasbah field
    One gas lift production deck module (PDM)
    A 16-inch subsea pipeline running 5 kilometres (km)
    13.8kV subsea cables covering 5km
  • CRPO 132: 13 March
    Two oil injection PDMs at the Marjan field
    One gas injection PDM at Marjan
  • CRPO 139: 13 March
    Installation of five PDMs at the Zuluf field development
    Installation of eight pipelines covering 29km, in 10-inch, 12-inch and 16-inch sizes
    Laying of 15kV-subsea power cables covering 35km:
    – (a) 16-inch power line from Zuluf-560/569 to Zuluf-480/489
    – (b) 16-inch power line from Zuluf-700/709 to ZTP-5
    – (c) 10-inch power line from Zuluf-903-1510/1519 to Zuluf-1410/1419
    – (d) 16-inch power line from Safaniya-4070/4079 to Zuluf-410/419
    – (e) 16-inch power line from Safaniya-4210/4219 to Zuluf-330/339
    Installation of four subsea valve skids
    Installation of three offshore jackets
  • CRPO 142: 13 March
    Replacement of 17km flank pipeline at the Abu Safah field
    Demolition work
  • CRPO 143: 13 March
    Replacement of Berri and Manifa lateral lines

Aramco’s LTA pool of offshore service providers comprises the following entities:

  • Saipem (Italy)
  • McDermott International (US)
  • Larsen & Toubro Hydrocarbon Engineering (India) / Subsea 7 (UK)
  • Dynamic Industries (US)
  • National Petroleum Construction Company (UAE)
  • Lamprell (UAE/Saudi Arabia)
  • Sapura Energy (Malaysia)
  • Technip Energies (France) / MMHE (Malaysia)
  • China Offshore Oil Engineering Company (China)
  • Hyundai Heavy Industries (South Korea)
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