One other group, Italy’s Saipem with the local Al-Hassan Engineering, submitted commercial bids in mid-June to Petroleum Development Oman (PDO).

The scope of works includes the installation of new inlet separators, condensate recovery separators and a new 12-14-inch diameter, 140-kilometre condensate pipeline and a 120-140-MW power station.

The Saih Rawl central processing plant, located in the centre of the sultanate, produces about 1,800 million cubic feet a day

(cf/d) of gas.

The facility was originally built in 1999 by a US/Italian/local team of Bechtel, Snamprogetti and Galfar Engineering & Contracting, with capacity of 1,415 million cf/d. Output from the plant is reserved exclusively for the gas liquefaction complex at Qalhat.

PDO is looking to increase gas production to offset declining oil output. In mid-2005, a team of UAE-based Petrofac International and Galfar was awarded the $248 million combined FEED/EPC contract on the Al-Kawther gas gathering project. It involves the installation of gas gathering, treatment and related facilities (MEED 22:7:05).