More than five major projects will be put out to tender in November. They include the replacement and upgrade of the 10-inch-high pressure gas pipeline between manifolds O and Q, the modernisation of desalter units at gathering centres (GCs) 27 and 28, the installation of a new 48-MW substation in west Kuwait and the provision of progressive cavity pump system-related services.

Also to be tendered in November is a scheme to install a gravity drain system at GCs 17,27 and booster station 170 and a $500-million-plus contract to build GC 16.

December will be equally busy, with projects to be tendered including the replacement of existing oil water and effluent water lines with reinforced thermosetting resin pipe at GCs 23 and 25, and the demolition and relocation of substations and de-salter units at GC 23.

Also on the agenda is the installation of a new 40-inch gas pipeline from booster station 131 to the Mina al-Ahmadi liquefied petroleum gas plant, and the installation of a new crude oil line from transit line 3 to the Doha East power plant.

Longer-term projects include the front-end engineering and design of the oil pipeline to feed to the new refinery project at

Al-Zour, a major scheme to upgrade marine facilities, the installation of an effluent water disposal system, a fiscal custody transfer system for gas and condensate production from north Kuwait, and the construction of two new 42-inch and 30-inch oil transit lines also in

the north.