Jersey-registered Dolphin Energy (DEL)was close to awarding in mid-December the first front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract on the estimated $3,500 million Dolphin gas pipeline project. For the upstream works, two bidders - US-based Bechteland US-based Foster Wheeler Corporation, with France's Sofresid- are understood to be left in the race for the contract. The award of the upstream FEED is expected to be followed in early 2002 with the award of the midstream FEED package (MEED 2:11:01).
Four companies submitted bids in October for the upstream FEED. The other two bidders were the US' Parsons Internationaland France's Technip. The contract includes procurement services and construction management for the offshore production platforms in Qatar's North field, an offshore pipeline running from the gas reservoir to Ras Laffan, a gas-processing plant at Ras Laffan, offsites and product storage, loading and associated facilities. It is expected to take nine-12 months to complete.
The contest for the midstream FEED package is understood to have been narrowed down to Fluor Danieland Halliburton KBR, both US-based. Four companies priced the four-six-month contract, which covers procurement services and construction management for the 350-kilometre subsea pipeline running from Ras Laffan to Taweelah, gas-receiving and metering facilities at Taweelah and Jebel Ali in the UAE, and the riser platform. Contract awards are also pending for the offshore geological survey and environmental impact assessment study.
In a further sign of the gathering momentum on Dolphin, exploratory drilling has started in the North field. DEL and Qatar Petroleumare also due to sign before the end of December a development and production sharing agreement for the project, having finalised in November all outstanding issues (MEED 7:12:01).