Tender due for Marib plant

07 July 2006
Yemen LNG (YLNG) is due to issue a tender in late July for an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract covering the construction of a gas processing plant to provide feedstock for the grassroots liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant, under construction at Bal Haf. To be located at Marib, the proposed facility will have capacity of 420 million cubic feet a day (MEED 9:9:05).

Estimated to be worth $200 million-250 million, the contract will also include the construction of a gas-gathering network and related facilities. Companies interested in bidding for the contract are understood to include Paris-based Technip and the US' Chicago Bridge & Iron (CB&I). Technip has carried out the front-end engineering and design (FEED) package for the plant. The facility is due to be completed by May 2009.

In late 2005, Yemgas a three-member consortium comprising Technip, Japan's JGC Corporation and the US' Kellogg Brown & Root was awarded the main plant EPC contract. It covers two LNG trains with combined capacity of 6.7 million tonnes a year. The start-up of train 1 is due at the end of 2008; train 2 will come on stream by mid-2009. The local Hawk International Finance & Construction Company has the contract to install the 38-inch, 320-kilometre pipeline linking Marib to Bal Haf.

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