Dubai gas project takes shape

27 September 2002

Four international and local companies have prequalified to submit technical bids by 15 October for a contract to increase gas supplies through the Abu Dhabi-Jebel Ali pipeline. They are US-based ABB Lummus Global, Hyundai Engineering & Construction Company of South Korea, the local National Petroleum Construction Company and Italy's Snamprogetti. A provisional deadline of 12 November has been set for the return of commercial bids (MEED 20:9:02; 11:1:02).

The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract is estimated to be worth $50 million. It covers the supply and installation of three booster compression units, each of 600 million cubic feet a day (cf/d), at Habshan in Abu Dhabi emirate, and modifications to the gathering units at Maqta and the Jebel Ali gas receiving stations.

Construction will take 14-16 months. Tebodin Middle East, part of Tebodin of the Netherlands, carried out the front-end engineering and design (FEED) work for the project. The client is Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Company (Gasco). The project forms part of Gasco's second-phase programme to increase gas supplies to Dubai to 800 million cf/d from 550 million cf/d.

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