At least three local contractors bid for the $60m-plus engineering, procurement and construction contract, which covers the installation, testing and pre-commissioning of a pipeline between the Hubara compressor station to the Marmul oil field, and another pipeline between Harweel and Marmul.

The three bidders are Gulf Petrochemical Services & Trading (GPS), Galfar Engineering & Contracting, and Special Technical Services (STS).

The work involves the construction of an 18-inch diameter pipeline by converting the existing 84-kilometre oil pipeline between Marmul and the Nimr field, and adding a new 75-kilometre section between Nimr and Hubara.

The contract also calls for the installation of a 16-inch-diameter gas export pipeline between Harweel and Marmul.

Other facilities covered in the contract include two block valve stations between Harbura and the Amal field, receivers and launchers, tie-ins, and pressure reduction stations. The client says it will procure the line pipe, valves, flanges and couplings, with any other equipment supplied by the winning bidder (MEED 29:4:08).

An online bidding date will be set once technical evaluation is completed.