PDO mulls Qarn options

14 July 2006
Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) is considering its options on the Qarn Alam enhanced oil recovery project after bids for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract came in at almost double its estimated budget of $800 million-900 million. Two groups of companies are competing for the award. They are: a team of Italy's Saipem with Canada's SNC Lavalin; and Spain's Tecnicas Reunidas (TR MEED 10:3:06).

The project involves the installation of steam generators, a water supply system, a water filtration and treatment plant, oil and gas processing, de-oiling and gas compression facilities and offplot pipelines, headlines and flowlines. Calgary-based MEG WorleyParsons, a wholly- owned subsidiary of Australia's WorleyParsons, completed the front-end engineering and design (FEED) study.

Bids are also under evaluation at PDO for the FEED and EPC contract on the Saih Rawl gas depletion project. Two groups, TR with the local Bahwan Engineering, and Saipem with the local Al-Hassan Engineering, are competing for the award (MEED 16:6:06).

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