Abu Dhabi-based Dolphin Energy (DEL) has invited companiesto submitbids by 30 November for the second engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract on its project to upgrade and modify the eastern gas distribution system (EGDS) in the emirate (MEED 17:6:05).

Prospective bidders include Technip Abu Dhabi, part of Paris-based Technip, Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC), the Italian office of ABB, India’s Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Al-Jaber Energy Servicesand Dodsal, both local.

Called east and west systems, the estimated $80 million-90 million contract covers: piping, mechanical and electrical works, the supply and installation of valves at Maqta station and the construction of a new control and instrumentation building; modifications to the tie-in at Taweelah gas receiving station; installation of a new 48-inch-diameter, 9.6-kilometre-long pipeline from Taweelah to the existing Maqta-Jebel Ali pipeline; replacement of the 18-inch, seven-kilometre pipeline with a 48-inch line of similar length; and installation of compressor facilities at Al-Ain gas terminal.

Bids are due to be returned by the extended deadline of 15 November for the second EPC contract.

Worth an estimated $10 million-15 million, it covers civil and miscellaneous works and involves the installation of civil and fibre-optic cables and related facilities for the existing Maqta-Jebel Ali pipeline.

Prospective bidders include CCC, L&T, Lebanon’s Contracting & Trading Company (CAT), a team of Technip Abu Dhabi and Al-Jaber, and Dodsal.

Work on the programme is scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2006 and is targeted for completion by late 2007.