The awards come after a prolonged bidding process, during which the scope of the GOSP was repeatedly revised and closing dates for all four packages delayed on a number of occasions. Original plans for a two-phase construction of the GOSP have been scrapped and instead MAN has already started work on building two 100,000-barrel-a-day (b/d) trains at the site. The GOSP is scheduled for completion at the end of March 2004 and the contract is valued at $100 million. The total value of the three J&P contracts – civil works, the power package and the 75-kilometre export pipeline – is around $100 million, a source close to the project says.

Recoverable reserves from the field, located in the Murzuk basin, are 600 million barrels out of a total oil-in-place of 1,500 million barrels. Associated gas produced from the field will be exported to Italy via the planned ‘greenstream’ trans-Mediterranean pipeline.

MAN and J&P are also awaiting news on a contract for three water-injection units to enhance oil recovery at the Amal field operated by Germany’s Veba Oil & Gas, which was taken over in May by Calgary-based Petro-Canada. The client is undertaking technical evaluation of the bids, submitted by MAN, J&P and an Italian group consisting of Bonattiand Snamprogetti. An award is expected by the end of the year.