Russia’s Lukoil has invited companies to bid on the construction of a permanent pipe yard at its West Qurna-2 field in southern Iraq.

Contractors have until 20 April to submit bids for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract.

The package is part of the second-phase expansion of the West Qurna-2 field to increase crude production capacity to 550,000 barrels a day (b/d).

The first phase of the project, named Early Oil, was commissioned in 2014 and will boost capacity to a planned 400,000 b/d. Lukoil reported in September 2014 that it was producing 325,000 b/d.

The second phase, known as the Mishrif full-field development, will increase production by 150,000 b/d to 550,000 b/d. Lukoil has hired Australia’s WorleyParsons as the project management consultant (PMC) for the expansion.

Lukoil is assessing bids for several EPC packages on the development including the central processing facilities.

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