High turnout for Abu Dhabi gas project

25 April 2003
International contractors have been invited to submit prequalifications by 6 May for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts covering the third phase of the onshore gas development (OGD-3) and phase 2 of the Asab gas development (AGD-2) projects. The invitation was issued after over 20 contractors responded by mid-April to an expression of interest inquiry by the client, Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Company (Gasco- MEED 28:3:03).

The estimated $2,000 million-2,500 million project is expected to go for tender in the third quarter. The client is looking at tendering the scheme in five separate packages.

The scope of works for OGD-3 covers the construction of a new gas plant at Habshan to process 1,306 million cubic feet a day (cf/d) of well-stream fluid into 11,000 tonnes a day (t/d) of natural gas liquids (NGL), 3,400 t/d of ethane and 125,000 barrels a day (b/d) of condensate.

AGD-2, which is the smaller of the two schemes, covers the supply and installation of two gas treatment and two NGL recovery units. The new plant will have capacity to process 734 million cf/d of sour gas into 4,700 t/d of NGL and 1,700 t/d of ethane.

Bechtel of the US has completed the front-end engineering and design (FEED) studies for both schemes. The contract period is scheduled for 38-42 months. The project manager is US-based Foster Wheeler Corporation.

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