State oil firm Qatar Petroleum (QP) is expected to award the estimated $1bn contract to upgrade its gas facilities at Dukhan and Mesaieed in April, say sources close to the tender process.

France’s Technip emerged as the frontrunner to win the contract following the submission of amended prices on 14 February. Contractors submitted amended prices following technical discussions with QP, during which the energy company introduced a number of cost savings into the project. 

Bidding firms include France’s Technip, Italy’s Saipem, the UK’s Petrofac and a group of Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Company with the US’ Black & Veatch.

Commercial bids for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract, known as the gas-sweetening facility project were first submitted to QP on 22 November 2009 with Technip emerging as the frontrunner to win the deal (MEED 23:11:09).

The scheme includes the construction of an acid-gas removal unit and amine sweetening plant at Mesaieed.

The 750 million cubic feet a day(cf/d) plant will provide gas supplied to Qatar’s petrochemicals and power plants.

The scheme also includes a second acid-gas removal unit at the onshore Dukhan field, with the capacity to process 450 million cf/d of gas from the Khuff reservoir, which is part of the field.

On 26 February, Technip and its joint venture partner, Japan’s Chiyoda secured a $1.2bn contract to maintain production levels at the first phase of the Qatar Liquefied Gas Company (Qatargas) development at Ras Laffan.