Qatar Petroleum (QP) has extended the deadline for technical and commercial bids for the 36-kilometre pipeline that will complete the jet fuel transmission system from its Mesaieed refinery to the New Doha International airport (NDIA) that is currently under construction.

Contractors have now been asked to submit bids by 17 July instead of 3 July.

The pipeline network will replace the system of supplying jet fuel to the current airport, which involves a 12-inch multi-product pipeline and transport by tankers to the fuelling stations.

The scope of the engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning (EPIC) contract includes booster pumps, transfer pumps, metering station, pigging facilities, instrumentation and control, telecommunication and cathodic protection.

The new pipeline system will be able to meet future demand for 1,000 cubic metres a hour, according to the front-end engineering and design (feed) firm Netherlands-based Tebodin Consultants & Engineers.