GPS takes Sohar terminal

03 September 2004
The local Gulf Petrochemical Services (GPS)has been awarded the estimated RO 19 million ($48.7 million) contract to build the terminal facilities for the crude pipeline between Mina al-Fahal and Sohar. GPS was low bidder for the contract when bids were submitted in early August (MEED 13:8:04).

Five consortia priced the terminal facilities contract, which covers three double-deck storage tanks, an 800-metre subsea water intake pipeline and associated works. The 24-inch-diameter, 260-kilometre-long crude pipeline is being built by a joint venture of Italy's Saipemand Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC)and will supply feedstock to the 116,000-barrel-a-day (b/d) refinery being built in the Sohar port and industrial area.

A series of contracts have been awarded recently on the project. In June, the local Arabian Industrieswas awarded the pressure reduction terminal package (MEED 4:6:04). An award is due imminently on the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for a 10,000-b/d isomerisation unit at Mina al-Fahal (MEED 7:5:04).

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