Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) has received commercial bids for an estimated $200m engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract on the first phase of a carbon dioxide (CO2) pipeline network project in the UAE.

Masdar is planning to build a 500km pipeline network to transport CO2 from industrial sites to be injected into oil reservoirs for enhanced oil recovery (EOR). Phase one covers a 190km pipeline connecting three sites.

Companies submitting commercial bids for phase one include Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) local groups Dodsal and National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC), Spain’s Intecsa Industrial and Tecnicas Reunidas, South Korea-based Samsung Engineering and Italy’s Technimont.

The EPC contract is expected to be awarded in November after Masdar has assessed the bids.

Phase one of the CO2 pipeline project is designed to capture 5 million tonnes a year (t/y) of CO2 from the Taweelah integrated water and power plant (IWPP), the Emirates Aluminium (Emal) power plant, also in Taweelah, and the Emirates Steel Industries rolling mill in Mussafah.

The front-end engineering and design (feed) work has been completed for the second phase, which will add an additional 230km of pipelines. US-based JP Kenny Engineering was the lead feed contractor for both phases.

The project is part of Abu Dhabi’s plan to capture 20 million t/y of greenhouse gas emissions through 15 projects, largely connected to power plants and heavy industry.