The request came as a result of plans by the client on the two schemes, state upstream operator Kuwait Oil Company (KOC), to increase the scope of work.

The two projects are known as the flowlines replacement and facilities upgrade. They were awarded to South Korea’s SK Engineering & Construction and UAE-based Petrofac International in 2005 in two deals worth almost $2bn.

The schemes involve the upgrade of more than 10 gathering centres and gas booster stations as well as the modernization of condensate recovery units, compressors, air coolers and flowlines (MEED 29:4:05).

Work on both projects is more than 95 per cent complete, however final commissioning may be delayed as the original plan required the simultaneous shutdown of all the gathering centres. However, with the oil price so high, KOC has now opted to shutdown the gathering centres one by one instead.