Fresh tender awaited for Dubai gas project

16 November 2002

Four companies - the local National Petroleum Construction Company, Italy's Snamprogetti and Larsen & Toubro and Dodsal, both of India - have been prequalified to bid for the contract to increase gas supplies to Dubai through the existing Abu Dhabi-Jebel Ali pipeline. A new tender is expected to be issued by end-November (UAE, MEED Special Report, 8:11:02, page 36).

The client, Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Company (Gasco), carried out a fresh prequalification exercise after several of the original prequalifiers declined to bid for the contract, which was first issued for bid in early September (MEED 27:9:02).

Estimated to be worth AED 165 million ($45 million), the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract covers: the supply and installation of three booster compression units, each of 600 million cubic feet a day (cf/d), at Habshan in Abu Dhabi emirate; modifications to the gathering units at the Maqta and Jebel Ali gas receiving stations; installation of instrumentation control systems; and related piping work. Construction will take about 14-16 months.

Tebodin Middle East, part of Tebodin of the Netherlands, carried out the front-end engineering and design (FEED) work for the project. The scheme will increase gas supplies through the pipeline to 800 million cf/d from 550 million cf/d (MEED 10:9:02; 11:1:02).

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