Mashreq gas market project stirs interest

11 November 2005
International consultants are preparing to submit technical and commercial proposals by 17 November for the contract to carry out consultancy services on the planned Euro-Arab Mashreq gas market project. Seven consortia have been shortlisted to bid for the contract, which is being financed by the European Commission (EC) and will be awarded in December. Under the $4.5 million contract, the successful bidder will draw up a gas masterplan for Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. The masterplan will also help to prepare the legal and regulatory framework for each country for market reform and to create an integrated regional gas market which could potentially be linked to the EU natural gas network. The study will also look at provisions for linking the Arab gas pipeline (AGP) to the European gas network via the planned Nabucco pipeline starting in the Caspian. The AGP pipeline currently runs from El-Arish in Egypt to the Jordanian border and is planned to run through Syria and on to Kilis in southern Turkey.

Prequalifiers

BCEOM, with Franklin, both of France,

CESI, Italy and Parsons Brinckerhoff

International, UK office

Booz Allen Hamilton, Italian office,

with Enereco Engineering & Consulting,

Italy, and Simmons & Simmons,

US-based

Decon, Germany, with Beicip-Franlab,

France and Petroleum Development

Consultants, UK

Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Technische

Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), with Sofregaz

and Observatoire Mediterranean de

L'Energie (OME), both of France, FEEM

Servizi, Italy, and Consultants for Quality

& Technology (CQT), Syria

IPA Energy Consultingwith Penspen,

both UK, and National Technical

University

of Athens, Greece

Ramboll, Denmark, with Planet,

Greece, and Arab Development Centre

(ADC), Syria

Sofreco, with Cabinet Francois Serres

& Associates, both of France, Mercados

Energeticos, Spain, Energy Market

Consultants, UK, and International

Business Legal Associates (IBLA),

Amman-based

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