State upstream operator Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) has issued invitation to bid documents for the contract to build gathering centre (GC) 24 at its Sabriya field in the north, near the Iraqi border. Fifteen international contractors have been prequalified to bid by 16 May, with a pre-tender meeting scheduled for 19 March. An award is expected by the end of the third quarter (see Tenders).
The estimated $100 million-200 million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract entails the construction of the new facility with capacity of 200,000 barrels a day (b/d). The scope of works will also cover flowlines, feeder networks, pumping stations and compressors. The UK's AMEC is the front-end engineering and design (FEED) contractor (MEED 21:10:05). The GC is one part of KOC's plan to increase crude production capacity to 4 million b/d by 2020. KOC is also expected to tender later this year the EPC contract to repair GC 29 in the southeast. The facility, which was damaged in the 1990-91 Gulf war, will have capacity of 160,000 b/d and will cost about $85 million to build. Last year, Spain's Tecnicas Reunidas and Canada's SNC Lavalin won two contracts to modify, upgrade and expand GCs 27 and 28 as well as several gas booster stations (MEED 14:1:05; 3:12:04).
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