The estimated $50m engineering, procurement and construction contract covers the installation of a compressor station with a capacity of up to 15 million cubic metres a day.

So far, eight companies have purchased bid documents, including Europe’s ABB, local firms Bahwan Engineering Company, Galfar Engineering & Contracting Company and Gulf Petrochemical Services & Trading, Turkey’s Fernas, and Italy’s Saipem.

The project was originally part of the scope of works on the $120m scheme to create pipelines from Murayrat to Barka and from Saih Rawl to the Mukhaizna loopline, which was awarded last year to India’s Punj Lloyd. It was subsequently decided to tender the deal separately (MEED 20:4:07).

An award is expected by the end of the year.