The successful firms will supervise the front-end engineering and design element being carried out by the US’ Washington Group International, with the option to extend it to the engineering, procurement and construction portion, which is expected to be tendered in 2009.

The scheme involves the development of the Bida al-Qemzan, Ruwais, Qusahwira, Bab and northeast Bab fields. The work includes the drilling of production wells, the construction of gas-oil separation plants and interfield pipeline networks in the five fields. It does not include the Shah-Asab-Sahil full field development, which is being handled separately by Adco (MEED 19:1:07).

The UK’s Amec won the initial project management consultancy contract in 2007, but the contract was retendered for reasons that are still not clear (MEED 20:4:07).

The client on the multi-billion-dollar project is Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (Adco).