The line pipe is the first major long-lead item to be awarded on the $3,500 million project, which involves the construction of a pipeline with capacity of up to 3,000 million cubic feet a day from Qatar’s North field to the UAE (MEED 20:12:03).

The two other bidders were Japan’s Marubeni Corporationand Europipeof Germany. The pipeline supply mandate covers the midstream element of the project only, which involves the supply of 370-440 kilometres of 48-inch-diameter pipeline, depending on which route DEL selects. It does not at present include the supply of the 70-kilometre upstream pipeline, which will deliver gas from platforms in the North field to the gas compression and processing plant to be built at Ras Laffan.

The mandate also calls for Mitsui to provide a detailed financing proposal for up to 100 per cent of the value of the midstream engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract, which is expected to be tendered soon. DEL is evaluating prequalification applications for the package.

DEL has already prequalified four international bid groups for the Ras Laffan compression and gas treatment plant EPC package, which is now expected to be issued for bid in February. It is also close to finalising the prequalification lists for the sealine and platform EPC packages (MEED 17:1:03).

Contract awards are awaited on four other long-lead item packages, covering the supply of compressors and gas turbines, heat recovery generators, steam generators and auxiliary boilers.