Four international engineering firms have submitted final bids for an estimated $500m contract to install a new gas booster station at the Asab gas handling facilities in the south of the emirate.

The local Dodsal, Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC), Paris-based Technip, and South Korea’s SK Engineering & Construction all handed in cost proposals for the project to Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Company (Gasco) on 6 October.

Gasco will open the prices within a week of submission, according to executives bidding on the deal. Technical bids, outlining proposed engineering work, were handed in on 5 July.

The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract covers building a booster station so the Asab facilities can process and distribute more gas, modification work at two existing gas handling units, Asab 0 and Asab 1, and building a natural gas pipeline. The project name for the new station is Asab 3.

It is part of the wider $1bn Asab, Bab, Bu Hasa, Ruwais (ABBR) scheme to increase the emirate’s gas processing and distribution capacity by 150 million cubic (cf/d)feet a day in anticipation of new supplies. The Asab 3 project is key to the development because it will provide the necessary 150 million cf/d distribution boost.

Final bids on another part of the ABBR scheme, a pipeline linking the Habshan and Bab fields, are due on 21 October (MEED 6:10:09).

Sources close to the deal say they expect a project management consultancy (PMC) contract to oversee the project to be awarded by mid-October.