Qatar Petroleum is expected to award a contract in December for the engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning (Epic) of a supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada) and cathodic protection systems for its onshore Dukhan oil field.  

The scope of works will involve installing the systems on about 600 wells spread across the Dukhan field. The estimated budget is $250m. The systems will be used to monitor real-time production in order to try and maintain output.

“Bids are still under evaluation on this scheme,” says a source close to the project. “A contractor is expected to be awarded in December.”

The Dukhan oil field has a capacity of 335,000 barrels-a-day, but actual production depends on reservoir management. The field is mature and has been in production since 1949. It is located 80 kilometres west of Doha.