A total of 16 international contractors are prequalified to bid for the estimated $100m-plus lump-sum engineering, procurement and construction contract.

The contract covers the installation of a 40-inch-diameter gas pipeline between booster station 131, which is in the far north, and the state’s fourth gas fractionation plant, which is under construction. The length of the pipeline will be at least 150 kilometres (MEED 17:2:08).

The pipeline will transport gas from the early production facilities (EPF) scheme, which will produce 120,000 barrels a day of wet sour crude and more than 80 million cubic feet a day of liquefied petroleum gas from the Ratqa and Abdali fields, when it is commissioned in 2010.

Booster station 131 was built by Italy’s Snamprogetti in 2004.