Tender documents were released on 3 November for the engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning (EPIC) contract to build an ethane pipeline running from Ras Laffan to Mesaieed.

The tender is open to the same 26 prequalifiers for the recently awarded GTC 126 package, the Ras Laffan-Mesaieed sweet gas pipeline. They will have until 19 December to submit bids for the 18-month contract, which calls for the construction of a 130-kilometre-long pipeline with a diameter of 16 inches, and a 13 kilometre-long pipeline with a diameter of 24 inches. The work will also include the construction of a new pumping station and modifications to six existing stations.

The pipeline will provide feedstock to petrochemical industries in Mesaieed, including the Qatar Chemical Company I (Q-Chem I)complex . The client – Qatar Petroleum – is expected to make an award by the end of the first quarter of 2005 (MEED 22:10:04).