• Petrofac has bid lower than rivals Saipem, SK E&C and Daelim
  • The manifold will connect oil wells to gathering centres 29, 30 and 31
  • Petrofac has already won the contract for gathering centre 29
  • The project is part of Kuwait’s long-term strategy to develop its northern oil fields

Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies are expecting the contract for the Kuwait Main Pipeline Manifold Gathering System project to be awarded in June.

UK-based company Petrofac is the low bidder on the project with a price of $776m.

The project is part of Kuwait’s long-term strategy to develop its Northern oil fields and will transport liquids from wells in the Kuwait’s north to gathering centres 29, 30 and 31.

The full bidder list is:

  • Petrofac (UK) / Independent Petroleum Group ($776m)
  • Saipem (Italy) / United Gulf Enterprises General Trading & Contracting Co ($891m) 
  • SK E&C (South Korea) / Sayed Hamid Behbehani & Sons ($958m) 
  • Daelim (South Korea) / Zahra Group Holding ($980m)

The Main Pipeline Manifold Gathering System project is expected to be commissioned in 2017.

Kuwait’s oil fields are connected to 26 gathering centres, which serve as a collection location for crude produced at several wells connected by flowlines, providing initial treatment through the separation of associated gas and removing salt.

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