Once complete, the project will produce and process more than 700 million cubic feet a day of offshore gas.

The prequalified international contractors have until mid-September to submit unpriced preliminary commercial offers and must follow this up with technical bids by 30 October.

Final bid prices will be submitted once the technical evaluation is completed, with awards made soon after.

Some 12 international engineering, procurement and construction contractors, including Italy’s Snamprogetti, JGC Corporation and Chiyoda Corporation, both of Japan, Paris-based Technip, and the US’ Fluor Corporation, have been prequalified to bid for the work (MEED 13:6:08).

The first of the four contracts available covers the Habshan 5 gas processing plant. Package two is for the Habshan plant’s offsites and utilities element. Package three covers a fourth natural gas liquids (NGL) recovery train at Ruwais. The final package is for liquefied petroleum gas storage tanks at Ruwais.

The gas from Umm Shaif and Khuff will be used as feedstock for industry, as well as power generation requirements in Abu Dhabi and the northern emirates.

The IGD project is also expected to deliver more than 10,000 tonnes a day (t/d) of NGLs and more than 4,000 t/d of sulphur.