The Oil Ministry, through two of its subsidiaries - State Company for Oil Projects (SCOP)and Midlands Refinery Company (MRC)- has issued two tenders aimed at increasing its refinery capacity throughput. SCOP has also invited contractors to bid for a pumping station tender on the Karkh-Shuaiba pipeline.
For the SCOP refinery tender, international contractors have until 29 September to submit bids for a contract to supply and install an 8,500-barrel-a-day (b/d) naphtha hydrodesulphurisation (HDS) unit and a 6,000-b/d catalytic reforming unit at the 30,000-b/d Kirkuk refinery in the north. MRC's tender covers the supply and installation of a 40,000-b/d ultra gas oil HDS unit plus amine sweetening and sulphur recovery units. The tender documents do not state which refinery the work will be carried out at, but it is likely to be at the 100,000-b/d Daura refinery operated by MRC. The deadline for the submission of bids is 2 October. SCOP has also invited contractors to bid by 22 September for a contract to design and install pumping stations for the Karkh-Shuaiba oil pipeline. The scope of works entails the engineering, procurement and commissioning of pumping and receiving stations together with associated instrumentation, control, telemetry and communication systems. The successful contractor will have the option to carry out all installation and construction works.