The engineering, procurement, construction and drilling tender covers the drilling of four offshore wells, the construction of well head equipment, a 30 kilometre, 8 inch pipeline and a production platform. A prequalification package is available for contractors until 26 December.

Earlier in December, IOOC issued tenders for the giant Lavan gas field, which boasts recoverable gas resources estimated at more than 6 trillion cubic feet, and the Alpha oil field.

IOOC, a subsidiary of National Iranian Oil Company, is also understood to have invited interested companies this week to pre-qualify for the development of the Hormoz and Tusan fields.