The FEED package will take about 13 weeks to complete. It will be followed by the release of the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) tender.

The project includes the supply and installation of a compressor unit at Habshan in Abu Dhabi emirate and modifications to the gathering units at Maqta and the Jebel Ali gas-receiving station. Construction will take 12 months and project costs are estimated at $15 million-20 million.

The project forms part of Gasco’s programme to increase gas supplies to Dubai to 800 million cubic feet a day (cf/d) from 550 million cf/d.

A partnership of the local National Petroleum Construction Company and Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC)was awarded the estimated $85 million EPC contract for the Abu Dhabi-Jebel Ali pipeline in early 2000. Completed in the middle of 2001, works involved laying a 130-kilometre, 48-inch pipeline from Maqta to Jebel Ali via Taweelah (MEED 14:1:00).