Tekfen emerged as the frontrunner for the 24-month contract after submitting a low bid about 11 per cent cheaper than the next quote of QR 465 million ($127 million) offered by India’s Punj Lloyd. The two other bidders – India’s Larsen & Toubrowith the local Black Cat, and Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC)with the local Medgulf Construction– submitted prices of QR 620 million ($170 million) and QR 670 million ($184 million) respectively.

The contract calls for the installation of a 16 inch-diameter, 130-kilometre-long pipeline and a 24-inch-diameter, 13-kilometre-long pipeline along with the construction of a new pumping station and modifications to six existing stations. QP has nominated India’s WelspunGroupto supply the line pipe and the Japanese joint venture of Itochu Corporationand Hitachi Corporationto supply compressors.

The pipeline will provide feedstock to petrochemical industries in Mesaieed, including the local/US Qatar Chemical Company I (Q-Chem I)complex.