• Duqm authority to issue tender in third quarter
  • Facilities to be completed at end of 2017
  • Seawater project to be built alongside refinery

Oman has invited companies to prequalify to build facilities to provide seawater to the proposed new refinery in Duqm on the central coast of the sultanate.

Project operator, Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm (Sezad), has asked companies to submit prequalification documents for the planned engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) tender.

Sezad announced that prequalification questionnaires will be available from 18 March but did not provide a submission deadline.

The scope of the work includes:

  • Marine intake structure
  • Seawater pumping statin
  • Seawater supply
  • Return channels & outfalls
  • Beach well system

Sezad plans to float the tender for prequalified companies in the third quarter of 2015 and start work in the fourth quarter of this year, with handover scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2017.

“The system will provide seawater to all end users, including the proposed Duqm Refinery which will be built adjacent to the Port of Duqm,” Sezad stated in its invitation to prequalify.

The front-end engineering and design (feed) study will be provided by Sezad, the authority added.

EPC prequalification invites have also been sent out for the Duqm refinery. Project operator Duqm Refinery & Petrochemical Industries Company (DRPIC) extended the deadline for submissions to 12 March.

DRPIC, a 50:50 joint venture of Abu Dhabi’s state-owned International Petroleum Industries Company (Ipic) and Oman Oil Company (OOC), is planning to build a facility with the capacity to process 230,000 barrel a day (b/d).