The prospective bidders are Australia’s Worley, Stone & Webster, part of the US’ Shaw Group, the UK’s Kvaerner E&C, and Tebodin Middle East, part of Tebodin of the Netherlands.

The estimated $50 million project aims to increase the capacity of the Umm Shaif and Zakum crude oil processing units to 600,000 barrels a day (b/d) from 500,000 b/d at present, through debottlenecking. The project will take 20-24 months.

At present, crude oil produced at the offshore Zakum and Umm Shaif fields is transported in subsea pipelines to Das where it is processed at the three-phase oil/gas separators.

A contract award is expected by March. The successful company will take about six months to complete the study. The client is Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (Adma-Opco).

The next stage in the implementation of the project will be front-end engineering and design (FEED). Adma-Opco is expected to issue a tender in the third quarter of 2002 for the FEED package.