Up to six local and international companies expressed interest by the 30 November deadline for the EPC contract. They include Dubai-based Dodsal Group, Paris-based Technipand Petrofac International and MIS, both Sharjah-based.

Called the Sajaa new gas processing facilities project, the scope of works include the construction of two trains, each with capacity of 300 million cubic feet a day (cf/d), for amine sweetening; a 350-tonne-a-day sulphur recovery unit; granulation and storage facilities; and tie-ins with the existing facilities at the Sajaa gas plant. The contract also entails the supply and installation of slug catchers, valves and receivers.

Petrofac has carried out the front-end engineering and design (FEED) work for the new processing facilities, which are due to be commissioned by May 2005.

The plant will receive its gas feedstock via a new pipeline from a new riser platform located in the offshore Mubarak field.

Four companies submitted bids on 22 November for the detailed engineering contract covering the proposed pipelines and platform. They are Australia’s Worley, Oslo-based Aker Kvaerner Group,Technip and Swiss-based Electrowatt Engineering Services. The client is Sharjah-based Crescent Petroleum Company.