Saudi Aramco has retendered the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the planned pipeline that will transport natural gas liquids (NGL) from Shaybah to Abqaia in Saudi Arabia.

Aramco put the project on hold, while it changed the scope of works, modifying the size of the pipes to 36 inches in diameter and the length of the pipeline to around 636 kilometres in length. It will run from the Shaybah field to the processing plant complex at Abqaia in the Eastern Province.

“This project has revised its scope so we are formulating commercial and technical bids based on the new design,” a source says. “There are a lot of bidders on the project so we are expecting it to be competitive.”

The closing date for bids is expected to be the end of April, with a decision expected in late May.

The approved contractors bidding on the project include:

  • Arab Company for Projects & Maintenance (local)
  • Bin Quraya (local)
  • Bonatti (Italy)
  • Dayim Punj Lloyd Contracting (India)
  • Egyptian Petroleum Projects (Egypt)
  • Faisal Mohammed al-Qahtani (local)
  • Gulf Consolidated Company (local)
  • Rajeh Al-Marri & Sons (local)
  • Saipem (Italy)
  • Saudi Metalex (Turkey)
  • Suedrohrbau (Netherlands)
  • Tekfen (Turkey)

The Shaybah NGL project will see Aramco separate about 228,000 barrels a day (b/d) of NGL from crude oil produced at the Shaybah field in the kingdom’s Empty Quarter. Phase one of the gas processing facilities will involve the construction of two NGL trains. Ethane and propane will also be produced.

KBR is the project manager for Shaybah NGL. The US firm is also conducting the front-end engineering and design (feed) (MEED 11:2:11).