Technical bids are due to be submittedby 6 February for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts on the offshore associated gas (OAG) project in Abu Dhabi emirate.A tentative deadline of 9 May has been set for the submission of commercial bids. Prospective bidders for the estimated $550 million project include Fluor Corporation, Chicago Bridge & Iron,Washington Group Internationaland Willbros Group,all of the US,Paris-based Technip, India's Larsen & Toubro, Italy's Saipemand Dodsal, Al-Jaber Energy Services and National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC), all local (MEED 2:12:05).
The project will be carried out in three construction packages. Package 1 will cover the supply and installation of compressor and booster stations, dehydration units and facilities on Das island for the separation and treatment of bulk natural gas liquids (NGL) recovered from offshore gas. The client for package 1 is Abu Dhabi Gas Liquefaction Company (Adgas). The second package will involve the supply and installation of a 24-inch-diameter, 200-kilometre-long marine and land pipeline to transport 470 million cubic feet a day of associated gas from Das island for processing at Habshan. Package 3 will cover the supply and installation of a 24-inch, 110-kilometre-long offshore pipeline. Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Company (Gasco) is handling both packages. Contractors can bid for one or more of the packages, as well as offer an overall price. The scheme is targeted for completion by the second quarter of 2008. The UK office of Fluor has carried out the front-end engineering and design (FEED) package. A selection is due for the project manager to oversee the EPC contract. Five companies submitted commercial bids in late November to Gasco for the contract.
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