The bidders for the estimated $1,500 million contract are: Paris-based Technip
, with South Korea’s Daewoo Engineering & Construction
and the local Nargan
; and the UK’s Costain Oil & Gas
, with Iran Marine Industries Company (Sadra)
and the local Sazeh Consult
The contract will involve the development of gas-gathering stations, two identical gas plants, pipelines, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) storage, seawater intakes and outfalls and an export jetty. The successful contractor will review the front-end engineering and design (FEED) package, which was originally completed by Technip using Shell technology.
Bids were first submitted for the project in late 2002 in a drawn-out tender process eventually won by a consortium headed by Japan’s JGC Corporation
in early 2004. However, JGC subsequently withdrew from the scheme, prompting the client, Iran Offshore Oil Company (IOOC)
, to enter into direct negotiations with Technip. These were unsuccessful and the project was retendered in April. However, as a result of only two consortia bidding, it was again put out to tender in June.
A major ethylene cracker, which will use feedstock from the NGL plant, is under construction by Technip and will be completed before feedstock is available from the NGL complex.