Prices to be tabled for Bab EPC

06 September 2002

Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (Adco) has set a 1 October deadline for the submission of commercial bids for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract on the Bab oil field development. Adco is also scheduled to receive technical bids on the same day for the EPC package on the Northeast Abu Dhabi field development project.

Four groups of companies submitted technical bids on the Bab scheme by the end-July deadline. They are: a team of the Paris-based Technip-Coflexipand the local National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC); Italy's Snamprogetti; US-based Foster Wheeler Corporation; and Japan's JGC Corporation (MEED 2:8:02).

Estimated to cost $100 million, the project calls for a 100,000-barrel-a-day (b/d) expansion of production capacity at the onshore field. At present, the Bab field has a capacity to produce 250,000 b/d. The project is targeted for completion at the end of 2004. The contract entails the supply and installation of two processing trains, two and three-phase separators, a degassing station and related pipeline works.

Technip-Coflexipcarried out the front-end engineering and design (FEED) for the project. US-based VECO is the project management consultant.

On the estimated $350 million-400 million Northeast Abu Dhabi project the prospective bidders are Technip-Coflexip, NPCC, Snamprogetti, JGC, Chiyoda Corporationof Japan, Bouygues Offshore of France and US-based Bechtel.

The project involves increasing oil production from the onshore Rumaitha and Al-Dabbiyah fields to a sustainable capacity of 150,000 b/d and a maximum level of 180,000 b/d. The two fields are producing small volumes at present.

The 40-42-month project will cover the supply and installation of two crude oil-processing trains, in-field pipeline works, the installation of a pipeline to transport crude to Habshan, and related facilities (MEED 26:7:02).

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