The next stage in the implementation of the OGD-3/AGD-2 project will be the appointment of a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contractor. Evaluation of technical bids is expected to be completed in late January after which a closing date will be set for the submission of commercial bids.

Four companies are competing for the FEED contract. They are Bechtel, Halliburton KBRand Fluor Daniel, all US-based, and France’s Technip. The pre-FEED was carried out by Fluor.

The project focuses on the construction of new facilities at Habshan, Asab and Ruwais. The OGD-3 scope of work includes the construction of a new gas-gathering network, new gas treatment and natural gas liquids (NGL) trains and offsites and utilities at Habshan. On AGD-2, two gas treatment trains, two NGL recovery trains, and offsites and utilities will be built at Asab.

In addition, extensive new pipelines are planned to export the condensate and NGL to Ruwais, where Gasco is also planning an upgrade of its fractionation plant to accommodate the additional volumes (Oil & Gas, MEED Special Report, 19:10:01, page 35).