Lukoil has invited companies to bid on the construction of water, gas and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) pipelines at its West Qurna 2 oil field development in southern Iraq.

Contractors have been asked to submit bids on the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract by 30 October 2014, the Russian company stated in the tender document.

The project is part of the phase-two expansion of production facilities at West Qurna 2. Lukoil started production on the first phase in southern Iraq in March and has ramped output up to 280,000 barrels a day (b/d). The first phase of the project, named Early Oil, has a nameplate capacity of 400,000 b/d.

The second phase, also 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 tendered the EPC contracts for the water injection and oil gathering systems in February 2014 but has not officially awarded the contracts.

In January, Lukoil signed an amended agreement with the Oil Ministry to reduce its plateau oil production target to 1.2 million b/d, from the original 1.8 million b/d signed in 2010.

West Qurna 2 is operated by state-owned South Oil Company and a consortium of contractors including Lukoil (75 per cent) and state-run North Oil Company (25 per cent).