Prospective applicants include the local/Canadian BC Lootah, US-based Willbros, the German office of Paris-based Technip, Contracting & Trading Company (CAT) of Lebanon, Larsen & Toubro and Punj Lloyd, both of India, and Al-Jaber Energy Services and Dodsal, both local.

Applications were submitted for one or more of the three packages. They are:Package 1, EPC of the steel pipe network and pressure reduction stations. It covers: the installation of 25 kilometres of 24-inch-diameter steel pipeline in Abu Dhabi City and 28 kilometres of steel pipeline, with diameters of six-18 inches, in the Mussafah industrial area; construction of primary pressure reduction stations and secondary reduction stations; and the installation of service lines to two industrial users in the industrial area;Package 2, EPC works for a polyethylene (PE) pipe distribution network and customer meter installation. It covers: the installation of 350 kilometres of PE pipe mains in Abu Dhabi City and Mussafah; the installation of about 2,500 customer meters; and the conversion of existing bottled gas networks to natural gas;Package 3, O&M of the phase 1 network.

The UK’s Hyder is the project manager; Canada’s Terasen International is the front-end engineering and design (FEED) contractor.