Technical bids in for 48-inch loop

03 October 2003
Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) is evaluating technical bids for the contract to build a 48-inch-diameter gas loop-line from central Oman to the planned liquefaction plant of Qalhat LNG in Sur. The proposals were submitted on 27 September via PDO's electronic bidding (e-bid) system. Commercial offers are due in December, also via e-bid. Total project costs are estimated to be in the region of $300 million (MEED 15:8:03).

Nine groups are understood to be competing for the work. They are: India's Dodsal; Italy's Saipem, with Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC); Willbrosof the US, with its local subsidiary The Oman Construction Company (TOCO); the local Al-Hassan Engineering, with Italy-based Techint; the local Bahwan Engineering Company, with Russia's Stroytranzgas; the local Special Technical Services, with McConnell Dowell of New Zealand; the local Galfar Engineering & Contracting, with A Hak Pijpleidingen of the Netherlands; and Turkey's Tekfen with Arabian Industries, also local.

The proposed pipeline will cover a distance of 265 kilometres, terminating at block-valve station (BVS) 9 near Sur. The scope of works includes the option to connect a spur line between BVS-8 and BVS-9 to the Al-Kamil power station. Tebodin & Partners, the local joint venture of Tebodin of the Netherlands, has completed the front-end engineering and design (FEED) studies and prepared the tender documents.

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