Saudi Aramco has released invitation to bid (ITB) documents to international contractors on the estimated $1,200 million project to build a greenfield natural gas liquids (NGL) plant at Hawiyah. The ITB release follows contractors' submissions of interest on 22 September for the project to expand the Juaymah fractionation plant.
Both projects are being tendered under the estimated $1,700 million Hawiyah NGL recovery programme, which also covers the expansion of the existing Hawiyah gas plant (MEED 24:9:04). Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) bids are due to be submitted on 31 January for the Hawiyah NGL plant, which is being tendered in two packages covering two gas treating trains and three NGL recovery trains. The plant will recover about 310 million barrels of oil equivalent a day of ethane and NGL from about 3,800 million cubic feet a day (cf/d) of gas produced at the Haradh and Hawiyah gas plants. The residue gas will be pumped into the master gas system (MGS). Among the companies understood to be planning to bid for the project are the US' Fluor Daniel, Japan's JGC Corporation, Italy's Snamprogettiand Paris-based Technip. The US' Jacobs Engineeringwas awarded in September 2003 the contract to provide project management consultancy (PMC) services on the programme. The $200 million EPC project covering the addition of a fourth train at the Juaymah fractionation plant is due to be tendered in the fourth quarter, with a contract award scheduled for March 2005. The expansion of the 1,600 million-cf/d Hawiyah gas plant by 800 million cf/d is now expected to go for tender in the second half of 2005. Five packages covering the construction and expansion of related pipelines will also be tendered under the NGL programme, starting in the fourth quarter.
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