Oman’s Galfar Engineering & Construction has emerged as the frontrunner to win an estimated $100m deal to build and install a series of pipelines to support Qatar Petroleum’s (QP) drilling programme at the onshore Dukhan oil and gas field.

Bids were submitted on 13 December 2009.

Bidding firms include:

  • Blackcat (Qatar)
  • Fernas Construction Company (Turkey)
  • Galfar Engineering & Contracting (Oman)
  • Medgulf Construction (Qatar)
  • Panorama Contracting & Engineering Services (Qatar)

While contractors originally expected a contract to be awarded by the end of March, they now say they expect an award by July.

The winning contractor will build and install flowlines, spurlines and gas lift wells at the onshore field. It will also provide associated instrumentation, control devices and facilities.

The Dukhan field contains three oil reservoirs estimated to contain some 2 billion barrels of crude oil and a non-associated gas reservoir. QP has planned a drilling programme from 2010 to 2012 to boost production of Dukhan field to 350,000 barrels a day (b/d) from about the current 335,000 b/d.

In December last year, QP increased oil production to 1 million b/d from 960,000 b/d, providing the country with 270,000 b/d of spare crude capacity. Enhanced oil recovery techniques deployed at the Dukhan, Bul Hanine and Maydan Marjam oil fields contributed 4.2 per cent of the increase, according to the US’ Energy Information Administration (MEED 3:12:09).