PDO to tender 48-inch loop

14 March 2003
Petroleum Development Oman (PDO)has expanded the scope of works on the project to build a 48-inch-diameter gas loop-line from the central Oman gas fields to the liquefaction facilities of Oman LNG, located at Sur. A tender for the main engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) package is due to be issued in April (MEED 3:1:03).

Tebodin Middle East, part of the Netherlands' Tebodin, which is due to complete front-end engineering and design (FEED) studies by mid-March (see below), is understood to have been instructed to extend the proposed pipeline beyond its original terminus at block-valve station 9 to Sur. The extension adds a further 75 kilometres of pipeline to the proposed 250-kilometre-long link.

Total project costs are estimated to be in the region of $300 million. The pipeline will eventually forward additional volumes of gas from the central gas processing facilities at Saih Nihayda to the proposed 3.3 million-tonne-a-year (t/y) liquefied natural gas (LNG) train at Sur (MEED 17:1:03).

A team of Canada's SNC Lavalinwith the local Al-Hassan Engineeringis in the process of expanding the main gas processing facilities at Saih Nihayda. The project entails expanding production capacity from the central Oman gas fields by 20 million cubic metres a day (cm/d) of gas to 60 million cm/d (MEED 26:7:02).

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