Sahoo said that Gasco plans to award by year-end its first engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract on the OGD-3/AGD-2 programme. Commercial bids are due to be submitted by mid-October by four contractors for the estimated $1,300 million OGD-3 Habshan plant and natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline to Ruwais. The bidders are: the US’ Bechtel
; Japan’s Chiyoda Corporation
; JGC Corporation
, also of Japan; and Paris-based Technip
According to Sahoo, the next Gasco award on the programme, due in January, will be the estimated $1,000 million contract to expand the Ruwais fractionation plant through the addition of a third train and the construction of new export facilities. Six companies, including the four bidders for the OGD 3 package, are prequalified to submit technical bids by late October, although at least two are not expected to bid.
Gasco’s final award, set for February 2005, will be the estimated $700 million AGD-2 NGL recovery package. The same six companies as on the Ruwais fractionation plant are prequalified to submit technical bids by early November.
Two packages on the OGD-3/AGD-2 programme fall outside Gasco’s responsibility. For the estimated $200 million OGD-3 gas gathering package being handled by Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (Adco)
, four groups are due to submit commercial bids in mid-October. For the other contract, covering the construction of condensate storage tanks at Ruwais for Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (Takreer)
, about seven companies are preparing to submit commercial bids in mid-October.
On the Habshan gas complex expansion project, Sahoo said that the completion of the front-end engineering and design (FEED) package is imminent. ‘At the moment, we are looking at tendering two packages, covering the new train and the SRU [sulphur recovery unit],’ Sahoo said. ‘The first package is expected to be awarded in mid-2005 for the SRU, while the new train is expected to be awarded in the third quarter.’