Russia’s Gazprom could issue two new engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) tenders as early as October for work at the Badra oil field in the Wasit province of south eastern Iraq.

The first tender covers the construction of two crude oil storage tanks, while the second covers a 24-inch natural gas export pipeline, according to a source close to the project.

Prequalification documents for the pipeline were submitted by EPC firms on 16 September. A number of firms have already been notified of their qualification for the tank farm.

UK engineering firm Mott MacDonald was appointed in June by Gazprom to carry out the front-end engineering and design (feed) contract for the two deals. The gas pipeline will run from the Badra field’s central processing facilities (CPF), over 105 kilometres to the Zubeida power plant. The CPF is currently being built by the UK’s Petrofac.

The Badra tank farm will consist of two crude oil storage tanks, export pumps, diesel generators, firefighting facilities, utilities, office buildings, a control room and accommodation.

Gazprom leads the development of the 3-billion-barrel Badra oil field along with Turkey’s TPAO, Malaysia’s Petronas and South Korea’s Kogas.