JGC/KBR to project manage Pearl GTL

30 September 2005
The joint venture of Japan's JGC Corporationand the US' Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR)has received a letter of intent to project manage the onshore works programme on the Pearl gas-to-liquids (GTL) project, being developed at a cost of more than $6,000 million by the Royal Dutch/Shell Group. Under the letter of intent, the venture will also provide engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services for the synthesis core, utilities and infrastructure packages on the complex (MEED 15:7:05).

The JGC/KBR team was one of two bidders for the entire onshore EPC contract. However, the client decided to alter its tendering strategy to increase contractor competition, and dropped the single EPC contract approach in the spring (MEED 13:5:05).

Shell has now split the onshore works into about nine packages, three of which will be handled by JGC/KBR on an EPCM basis. For the remainder, prequalification of EPC contractors is nearing completion.

JGC/KBR carried out the front-end engineering and design (FEED) package for Pearl GTL, which will comprise two 70,000-barrel-a-day trains.

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