Data: Selected Middle East oil and gas projects

15 April 2008
Major projects currently under way in the Midle East’s hydrocarbons sector are worth in excess of $300bn, according to MEED’s latest update of oil and gas projects in the region.

Although the number of engineering, procurement and construction contracts signed in the Gulf's oil and gas sector in the 12 months to April 2008 fell to $15bn, down from $45bn in the previous 12 months, MEED’s data shows that infrastructure development is still booming.


ClientProjectScopeCost ($m)Status
Tunisian-Libyan Gas Transportation Company (Joint Gas)Melitah-Gabes pipeline266-kilometre-long, 26-inch-diameter pipeline to supply Libyan gas to Tunisia250EPC launch pending; due to come on stream 2009
Turkish Energy and Natural Resources MinistryArab Gas pipeline extension240-kilometre-long, 36-inch-diameter gas pipeline between Homs, Syria, and Kilis, Turkey; capacity 10 bcmnaPlanned 2008; an Egyptian/Syrian/Turkish joint venture company will be set up to build the extension
East Mediterranean GasEgypt-Israel pipelineSubsea pipeline from El-Arish to Ashkelon; capacity 7 bcmnaDue for completion 2008


ClientProjectScopeCost ($m)Status
Sonatrach/ AnadarkoEl Merk field developmentDevelopment of oil production hub on El-Merk field including major wet gas processing programme to recover oil from four fields in the Berkine basin3,000-4,000Technical bids submitted February 2008 for main construction package; April deadline for commercial bids postponed pending reserves review
Sonatrach/ FCPBlock 405b field development200-400 million cf/d gas processing plant and export pipelines from MLE discovery, block 405b, Berkine basin; development of CACF1,000-1,300Four bidders for main package: JGC Corporation, Petrofac International, SNC Lavalin, Italy’s Saipem. Financial close due end-July. Development plans for CACF due to be submitted end-August
Sonatrach/ BP/ StatoilIn Salah field developmentInstallation of gas compression facilities to maintain gas production at 9 bcm/y600Petrofac International carrying out main EPC contract; start-up set for early 2010
Sonatrach/ RosneftBlock 245 south field developmentDevelopment of oil block in Illizi basinup to 4,000Oil extraction due to begin in 2011
MedgazMedgaz pipeline8 bcm/y, 220-kilometre-long subsea pipeline between Beni Saf in northwest Algeria and Almeria on Spanish coast1,500Saipem carrying out EPC for subsea pipeline; first gas due mid-2009
GalsiGalsi pipeline8 bcm/y subsea pipeline to Italy via Sardinia3,000FEED under way. Shore approach study and marine survey due for completion mid-2008. Final investment decision due mid-2009; start-up H1 2012
Sonatrach/NNPCTrans-Saharan Gas Pipeline4,188-kilometre-long pipeline to bring 20-30 bcm/y of Nigerian gas to Algeria for export to Europe13,000Abuja confirmed gas supply for the pipeline early 2008; decision on go-ahead due within 12 months. Project completion 2015
SonatrachTiaret refinery15 million t/y grassroots refinery project5,000-7,000Feasibility studies completed March 2007; decision on go-ahead expected by end-2008
SonatrachArzew LNG (Gassi Touil)4 million-t/y LNG train at Arzew; formerly part of the Gassi Touil integrated LNG project3,000-4,000KBR, Technip, Snamprogetti and Petrofac International invited to submit basic technical proposals and price estimates in mid-April. Detailed technical proposals due in late summer
SonatrachSkikda LNG4.5 million-t/y LNG train to replace 3 of 6 trains destroyed in an explosion in January 20043,000KBR carrying out EPC; first gas due 2012


ClientProjectScopeCost ($m)Status
Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco)Refinery Gas Desulphurisation projectBitmapBapco is constructing a new gas desulphurisation plant to handle the propane and butane that will be generated from its Sitra refinery150Foster Wheeler expected to complete EPC by mid 2008
Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco)/Neste OilLube Oil RefineryBitmapBapco is constructing a lube oil refinery at Sitra capable of producing 400,000 t/y of sulphur-free very high viscosity index base oil for blending top-tier lubricants.300Bids for EPC contract due on 22 April
Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco)Offshore ExplorationOccidental Petroleum and PTT Exploration won contracts to explore offshore in late 2007naExploratory work under way
Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco)Awali field developmentBapco has announced plans to double output at its Awali field to 70,000 b/dnaThree companies - ExxonMobil Corporation, Occidental Corporation and AP Moller Maersk are understood to be interested. A tender will be awarded by the end of the year.


ClientProjectScopeCost ($m)Status
Egyptian Refining CompanyMostorod refineryNew refinery to process 4.2 million t/y of fuel oil residue from existing refineries to produce 2.3 million t/y of high-grade diesel and 700,000 t/y of gasoline.2,400Financial close due April 2008;
JV of Mitsui and GS Engineering & Construction set to complete FEED by mid-2008 and will begin construction in H2. Due to come on stream October 2011.
Ain Sokhna Refining & Petroleum CompanyAin Sokhna export refinery150,000-200,000-b/d export refinery at Ain Sokhna including fluid catalytic converter to process heavy crude into diesel and gasoline2,000-3,000Uhde and Foster Wheeler carrying out FEED and expected to carry out EPC
Local/ Kuwait joint ventureAin Sokhna domestic refinery140,000-b/d refinery to produce diesel for local market2,500In planning stages
SegasDamietta train 2Addition of 6.9 bcm/y train3,000-4,000Not yet agreed. Planned start-up 2011
ELNGIdku train 3 Addition of 4.97 bcm/y train2,500-3,000Not yet agreed. Planned start-up 2011
EgasEl-Hamra GTL plant47,000 b/d / 94,000 b/d GTL plant, west of Alexandria5,000-10,000MoU signed 2005; proposals submitted to Egas
Egas/ Apic/ DanagazRas Shukheir gas liquids plant1.54 bcm/y natural gas processing plant, producing 120,000 tonnes a year of propane and butane in liquid formnaDue for completion late 2009


ClientProjectScopeCost ($m)Status
NIOC / ONGC / SinopecYadavaran oil field developmentDevelopment of the field which straddles the Iran-Iraq border with potential output of 300,000 b/d2,000Iran and Sinopec to finalise the deal by May.
POGCSouth Pars Gas Field Development - Phases 22-24, IranPhases 22-24 will involve the supply of 40 million cm/d of treated natural gas to the domestic gas network, the recovery of petrochemical quality ethane at a rate of 750,000 t/y, 800,000 t/y of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for export, 60,000 b/d of condensate for export and sulphur recovery of 360 tonnes per day, also for export.3,500Petropars and Iranian Offshore Engineering & Construction Company have recently been prequalified for the EPC contract. An award is expected by the fourth quarter of 2008.
NIOC / INAMoghan 2 block explorationThe deal is on the exploration and development of Moghan 2 block in Ardebil province, covering an area of 3230 square kilometres. 200Exploration deal awarded to INA Naftaplin (INA) in April.
NIORDCKhuzestan refineryConstruction of 180,000 b/d greenfield crude refinery to process heavy crude oil from the Azadegan field.2,200Iran's Energy Industries Engineering & Design (EIED).
IOOCForouzan and Esfandiar oil field developmentThe development aims to increase oil production to 37,000 b/d after development stalled in the last few years.500 Foreseen production of phase 1 of development of Esfandiar is at 10000 b/d and of its phase 2 at 20000 b/d.
NIOC / Shell South Pars phase 13Exploration and production from phase 13 of the field. 10,000NIOC has demanded a final investment decision from Shell by the end of June.
NIOC / TotalSouth Pars phase 11 and associated LNG development Exploration and production from phase 11 of the field with the feedstock of the first two LNG trains of about 4.5 million tonnes a year (t/y).10,000 NIOC has demanded a final investment decision from Total by the end of June.
IOOC Lavan gas field developmentIOOC has firmed plans for the giant Lavan gas field which boasts recoverable gas resources estimated at more than 6 trillion cubic feet (tcf). The volume of gas-in-place of Lavan gas field is around 12 tcf.500 Invitations to bid for the EPC contract due by the end of the second quarter of 2008.
NIOCIran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline To support the rapid economic growth, the Indian government has proposed the construction of a 2700-kilometre-long Iran-Pakistan-India natural gas pipeline to transport gas from Iran to India.7,400 The three countries are due to meet to discuss the logistics of the pipeline on 23 April.
PEDCO Salman oil and gas field development The plan aims at commissioning the field’s Dalan reservoir to produce some 540 mcf/d of gas and 6500 bpd of condensate, as well as boosting its oil production by 50000 bpd.800 NIOC is locked in a dispute with Dana Gas shareholder Crescent Petroleum over gas supplies from the Salman field.


ClientProjectScopeCost ($m)Status
KNPCNew refinery at Al-ZourConstruction of 615,000-b/d grassroots refinery to produce low-sulphur fuel-oil15,000Bids for the four main process packages were submitted in December, with awards scheduled to be made by end of April
KNPCClean fuels projectUpgrade of Mina al-Ahmadi and Mina Abdulla refineries to produce cleaner refined products and increase overall refining capacity6,000-8,000Prequalifiction applications for all three main EPC packages due in May
KNPCFifth gas trainConstruction of new fractionation train at Mina al-Ahmadi to process up to 1 billion cf/d800-1,000Under feasibility study
KOCSea and effluent water injection programmeTreatment and injecton of water into three northern oil fields to maintain reservoir pressure 700EPC bids are due to be submitted on 5 May
KOCBS 160Construction of new booster station in southeast Kuwait660Snamprogetti is low bidder. Award due soon
KOCNew gas pipelineInstallation of new gas pipeline from BS 131 to LPG plant at Mina al-Ahmadi refinery200Bids are due by 23 April
KOCGC 16Construction of new gathering centre in west Kuwait, with handling capacity of more than 200,000 b/d700Tender due to be issued by end of April
KOCEPF phase 2Second phase five-year BOT of EPF to increase free gas production to 600 million c/fd by 2010500-1,000Tender to be issued this year
KOC New oil pipelineInstallation of new oil line between transit line 3 and Doha east power plant 100Bids are due by 16 April
KOTCFour new VLCCsDelivery of four VLCCs600Four shipyards have until 30 April to submit their proposals


ClientProjectScopeCost ($m)Status
NOCRas Lanuf refinery upgradeRestore 220,000-barrel-a-day capacity; installation of delayed coker to upgrade fuel oil to coke and vacuum gas oil for diesel production2,000-3,000Al-Ghurair subsidiaries Trans-Asia Gas International and Star Petro Energy - the Star Consortium - signed framework agreement with NOC in January.
NOCAzzawiya refinery upgradeRestore capacity and upgrade 120,000-b/d refinery2,000NOC in talks with potential international partners
BP/ NOCSirte and Ghadames explorationSeven-year exploration and development of more than 50,000 square kilometres of acreage for gas development2,000Exploration and production sharing agreement May 2007
SOC/ ShellMarsa el-Brega LNG upgrade and expansionModernisation of existing plant and restoration of 4.4 bcm/y nameplate capacity and extension of lifespan by 25 years.600Construction tenders for upgrade due to be issued H1 2008. First exploration rig mobilised early 2008, second to follow later in year; 3-4 wells due to be drilled by end of 2008.
SOC/ ShellRas Lanuf LNG plantGrassroots LNG plant3,000-4,000Site selection complete; soil investigation under way. Project dependent on results of national gas allocation study due for completion June 2008.


ClientProjectScopeCost ($m)Status
Samir/ ONE/
Akwa Holding
LNG receiving terminal5 bcm/y receiving terminal, construction of new port and gas pipeline infrastructure1,400Pre-feasibility studies carried out by Tractebel. Awaiting go-ahead from Rabat. Expected completion 2013


ClientProjectScopeCost ($m)Status
BPTight gas developmentProduction of up to 2 billion cf/d of tight gas from two fields2,000+Engineering and seismic acquisition is under way
Oil MinistryDuqm refinery and petrochemical complexDevelopment of grassroots refinery and integration with associated petrochemical complex10,000Final government approval awaited. Feasiblity study carried out by Jacobs
PDONimr water treatmentBOT development of effluent water treatment plant at Nimr field and reuse to grow reed beds for biofuel 500Shell is understood to be in line for concession


ClientProjectScopeCost ($m)Status
Qatar Petroleum, ExxonMobil CorporationQatargas IITwo separate LNG trains of 7.8m tonnes a year each4,000To be completed in Sep 2008 and March 2009 respectively
Qatar Petroleum, ExxonMobil CorporationRasGas 3Two separate LNG trains of 7.8m tonnes a year each4,000Train 6 to be completed in 2008 and Train 7 by 2009
Qatar Petroleum, ConocoPhillips, MitsuiQatargas 3One LNG train of 7.8m tonnes a year4,0002009
Qatar Petroleum, ShellQatargas 4Train 7, 7.8m tonnes a year4,0002010
Qatar Petroleum, ExxonMobil CorporationBarzan gas projectCapacity of 1.6bn cubic feet a day of gas1,700FEED contract to be awarded shortly
Qatar Petroleum, ExxonMobil CorporationLaffan Condensate RefineryCapacity of 146,000 b/d, which is expected to double by 2010.700Daewoo/GS Engineering to complete EPC contract by fourth quarter of 2008

Saudi Arabia

ClientProjectScopeCost ($m)Status
Saudi AramcoRas Tanura East Coast Refinery400,000-b/d heavy oil refinery8,000EPC contract to be awarded in 3Q08. WorleyParsons doing FEED
Saudi AramcoRas Tanura Refinery UpgradeTo reduce sulphur content500Samsung Enginnering Company carrying out FEED
Saudi Aramco/ Dow ChemicalRas Tanura Integrated Refinery and Petrochemicals ComplexUpgrading of the existing 550,000-barrel-a-day refinery and integration with a new petrochemicals complex, which will have a 1.2 million-tonne-a-year ethane/naphtha steam cracker as its central element.22,000-26,000Final investment decision to be made in summer 2008. KBR is management consultant
Saudi Aramco/ TotalJubail refinery400,000-b/d export oil refinery10,000-12,000Final investment decision to be made in summer 2008. Technip currently finishing FEED
Saudi Aramco/ ConocoPhillipsYanbu refinery400,000-b/d export oil refinery10,000-12,000Final investment decision to be made in summer 2008. KBR working on FEED
Saudi AramcoKhurais Oil Field developmentConstruction of a gas oil seperation plant and seawater pipeline4,450Snamprogetti, Foster Wheeler, Hyunudai Engineering & Construction, Saipem and Suedrohrbau carrying out EPC contracts
Saudi AramcoKhursaniyah Oil Field developmentProducing facilities for 500,000 b/d crude oil700Snamprogetti finishing off its EPC work
Saudi AramcoKhursaniyah Gas PlantGas plant to treat gas from central Khursaniyah facilities500Bechtel Corporation and Technip carrying out EPC work
Saudi AramcoShaybah field developmentExpansion of central processing facilities to increase output by 250,000 b/d1,000SNC Lavalin carrying out EPC work
Saudi AramcoManifa offshore field developmentExpansion of oil field to 900,000 b/d4,000Foster Wheeler carrying out FEED. Halliburton and Schlumberger sharing drilling. EPC contract to be awarded
Saudi AramcoRas Al-Zour refinery300,000-350,000 b/d topping refinery under study2,000EPC contract to be tendered next year


ClientProjectScopeCost ($m)Status
PetronasPort Sudan refinery174,000-b/d grassroots refinery 3,000Three bids received for construction contract, but tender on hold pending review of contract model; due to come on stream end-2011


ClientProjectScopeCost ($m)Status
Petro-CanadaEbla gas treatment plantGas plant treatment plant on Ash Shaer field in northwest to produce 88 million cubic feet a day of gas, 150 tonnes a day of liquified petroleum gas (LPG) and some condensate.477Petrofac International signed main contract April 2008. First gas due 2010.


ClientProjectScopeCost ($m)Status
BG Group/ ETAPHasdrubal field development4.8 million-cm/d1,200Petrofac International working on onshore package. First gas expected in June 2009.
Qatar Petroleum InternationalLa Skhira refinery

United Arab Emirates

ClientProjectScopeCost ($m)Status
AdcoSAS full-field developmentIncrease of crude production from three onshore fields by 150,000 b/d 3,600Bids for the main EPC contract are due in May. Four groups are competing
Adco1.8 million projectIncrease of oil production from four onshore fields by 400,000 b/d5,000+WGI is carrying out FEED. PMC contract out to bid. First EPC tenders expected next year
AdcoBab compression facilitiesInstallation of compressors at Bab field to increase gas output 1,500Technip is carrying out re-FEED after original FEED/EPC bids came double the initial budget last year
AdnocShah gas developmentProduction of up to 1,000 million cf/d of sour gas from Shah field5,000+ConocoPhillips has been provisionally selected to take stake in scheme
AdnocBab gas development Production of sour gas from Bab field5,000+Proposals from IOCs believed to be under evaluation
Dolphin EnergyTaweelah-Fujairah pipelineDesign and build of gas pipeline to supply fuel for IWPP500+Six companies have submitted technical offers. Commercial bids due in May
GascoHail gas field developmentProduction of up to 500 million cf/d of sour gas from shallow offshore field1,000+Under feasibility study
GascoGas networkInstallation of gas network in Abu Dhabi city300Three groups are due to submit bids in May for EPC contract
Gasco Field modifications workUpgrade and modifications to Asab, Bu Hasa and Bab fields1,000+Veco is the FEED contractor. EIL is PMC. Tenders for EPC packages due next year
Gasco/ Adgas/ Adma-OpcoIntegrated gas developmentProduction of more than 700 million cf/d of gas from offshore fields and processing at Ruwais and Habshan5,000+Prequalification applications have been submitted for five main EPC packages of first phase of development. Tenders expected soon
IPICGrassroots Fujairah refineryConstruction of refinery with capacity of about 250,000 b/d5,000Client is in talks for partner position
TakreerRuwais refinery expansionConstruction of 400,000-b/d refinery at Ruwais8,000+Bechtel is the FEED contractor, PMC is Fluor. Tenders for EPC packages due next year
Takreer/ Neste/ OMVRuwais lube oil plantConstruction of lube oil facility with capacity of 50,000 b/d500Bechtel has been awarded FEED contract
ZadcoOffshore crude increment programmeEight major projects to increase output by 250,000 b/d to 750,000 b/d5,000+Amec has just been selected for programme management consultancy. FEED is being carried out by various different firms. EPC tenders due next year
ZadcoSatah field developmentUpgrade of facilities to maintain capacity of 25,000 b/d600Project has been reactivated after being put on hold last year

Company names

Adco=Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations; Adnoc=Abu Dhabi National Oil Company; APIC = Arab Petroleum Investment Corporation; EGAS = Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company; EIL=Engineers India; ELNG = Egyptian LNG; ETAP = Entreprise Tunisienne d'Activites Petrolieres; FCP = First Calgary Petroleums; Gasco=Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Company; IOC=international oil company; IPIC=International Petroleum Investment Company; KNPC=Kuwait National Petroleum Company; KOC=Kuwait Oil Company; KOTC=Kuwait Oil Tanker Company; NNPC = Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation; NOC = National Oil Company; ONE = Office National de l'Electricite; PDO=Petroleum Development Oman; SOC = Sirte Oil Company; Takreer=Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company; WGI=Washington Group International; Zadco=Zakum Development Company


b/d =barrels a day; bcm/y billion cubic metres a year; bcm=billion cubic metres; BOT=build-operate-transfer; BS=booster station; CAFC=Central Area Field Complex; cf/d=cubic feet a day; cm/d cubic metres a day; cm/y = cubic metres a year; EPC=engineering, procurement and construction; EPF=early production facility; FEED=front-end engineering and design; GC=gathering centre; GTL = gas-to-liquids; H1 = first half; LNG = liquefied natural gas; LPG=liquefied petroleum gas; MoU = memorandum of understanding; VLCC=very large crude carrier

Source: MEED

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