Qatar Petroleum (QP) has awarded international contractors two pipeline contracts totalling more than $200 million. India's Punj Lloyd has won the $175 million engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning (EPIC) contract on the Doha urban pipeline relocation project (DURP), and Turkey's Tekfen has the estimated $45 million contract to build the Umm Bab-Mesaieed main oil line. Bids have also recently been invited for the construction package on the Ras Laffan-Mesaieed ethylene pipeline scheme (MEED 1:9:06; 7:7:06).
The DURP project involves the installation of 97 kilometres of new pipeline, ranging in diameter from eight-36 inches. Punj Lloyd will also build three new booster stations and modify six more, as well as decommission the existing pipeline and nine stations.Tekfen's contract calls for the laying of 80 kilometres of pipeline. In addition, it involves some demolition work. Project completion is set for early 2008.For the ethylene pipeline contract, technical bids are due to be submitted on 11 December. The project, being handled by Qatar Chemical Company II (Q-Chem II) on behalf of Ras Laffan Olefins Company (RLOC), involves the construction of a 130-kilometre-long pipeline with capacity of about 145 tonnes an hour of ethylene. The product will be delivered from the Ras Laffan ethane cracker, under construction by RLOC, to new downstream units at Mesaieed planned by Q-Chem II and the local/French Qatofin. The US' ENGlobal Corporation is assisting the client on the pipeline project.