Companies have resubmitted front-end engineering and design (feed) bids for a flare gas recovery project in Abu Dhabi.

Fresh bids were submitted because the project client, Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (Takreer) changed the scope of the project to include a second refinery in Abu Dhabi. The original tender only included an upgrade to its Ruwais refinery.

The bidders for the feed contract are:

  • CH2M Hill (US)
  • Jacobs Engineering Group (US)
  • Mustang Engineering (US)
  • Saipem (Italy)
  • Technip (France)
  • WorleyParsons (Australia)

The feed contract is expected to be awarded in April 2011, while the engineering, procurement and design (EPC) contract is expected to be awarded in the fourth quarter of 2.

The project will reduce the volume of gas flared, thus reducing carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide emitted into the atmosphere. It will also add to Abu Dhabi’s natural gas supplies, as the recovered gas will be used as fuel rather than being flared off.

“The resubmission didn’t take a lot of additional work, maybe 100 hours,” says a source at one of the bidding companies.