State upstream operator, Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) has invited local and international firms to prequalify for two deals to build oil and gas production testing facilities.

The first covers small to medium production testing facilities, while the second is to “fast-track large oil and gas production testing facilities”.

KOC has set a deadline of 4 September for the submission of documents for both deals.

In April, KOC awarded a $100m deal to the US’ Weatherford to supply and install a pumping system at the Lower Fars test project (LFTP) in the north of the country, a landmark development in the Gulf’s oil industry. The LFTP will explore the potential of removing solids from heavy oil in the Ratqa field (MEED 19:4:11).

KOC is also seeking local firms to provide slick-line services. These are used to lower and raise well maintenance tools into a drilled well. Firms have until 14 August to submit prequalification documents.