Firms prepare bids for Bab oil field compressor

18 February 2009
Six groups are expected to submit commercial bids on 24 February to Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (Adco) for the contract to install gas compressors at its onshore Bab field.

The deadline for commercial bids was previously delayed from 16 December, according to one company planning to bid.

It follows the submission of technical bids on 7 October for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract (MEED 10:12:08).

Bids are expected to be submitted by Dubai-based Dodsal; India's Larsen & Toubro; South Korea's GS Engineering & Construction; Italy's Saipem with Lebanon's Contracting & Trading (CAT); Paris-based Technip with the local National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC); and South Korea’s SK Engineering and Construction.

The project covers the installation of three compression stations, each containing three booster compressors (MEED 11:7:08).

The work is part of the second-phase expansion of the field.

Bab has a design capacity of 420,000 barrels a day (b/d). However, with difficulties in maintaining reservoir pressure, sustainable capacity is currently 300,000 b/d.

The original tender was cancelled after two bids submitted by a German team of ILF Consulting Engineers with Siemens, and NPCC with Technip and Germany's Man, came in at up to three times the initial estimated budget of $600m (MEED 12:10:07).

Technip is the front-end engineering and design consultant.

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