JGC wins Bab upgrade contract

07 March 2003
Japan's JGC Corporation has been awarded an estimated AED 334 million ($91 million) engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to upgrade production capacity at the Bab field in Abu Dhabi (MEED 10:3:03; 15:11:02).

The 20-month project calls for a 150,000-barrel-a-day (b/d) expansion in capacity. At present, the onshore field has capacity to produce up to 250,000 b/d. The contract entails the supply and installation of two processing trains, two and three-phase gas separators, a degassing station and related pipeline works.

The EPC contract is expected to be carried out in three major subcontracts. They are: the supply and installation of a dual 50-kilometre-long, 20-inch-diameter oil pipeline for the transfer of crude from a remote degassing station to the main oil production facilities; the supply and installation of a 70-kilometre flow line of varying diameters, from the oil wells to the central degassing station; and civil works for the main plant.

The front-end engineering and design (FEED) package has been carried out by Paris-based Technip-Coflexip; US-based VECO is the project manager. The client is Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (Adco), which plans further onshore oil field work.

Revised commercial bids were submitted in mid-February for the EPC contract on the Northeast Abu Dhabi (NEAD) project (MEED 21:2:03). Four groups submitted prices, with a team of Technip-Coflexip and the local National Petroleum Construction Company offering a low bid of about AED 2,250 million ($613 million).

The 40-42-month contract covers the supply and installation of two oil processing trains, in-field pipeline works and related facilities. The project is aimed at increasing oil production from the onshore Rumaitha and Al-Dabbiyah fields to a sustainable capacity of 150,000 b/d and a maximum level of 180,000 b/d (MEED 13:12:02).

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