Three queue up for Golden Pass terminal

19 August 2005
Three groups of companies submitted bids in late July for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract covering the construction of a major liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminal in the US for the Ras Gas III project, being handled by Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Company II (RasGas II). The bidders are: Oslo-based Aker Kvaerner, with Japan's Ishikawajima-Harima Industries (IHI); US-based Chicago Bridge & Iron (CB&I);and a four-member group of Paris-based Technip, US-based HB Zachary, Italy's Saipem and Spain's Tecnicas Reunidas.

Estimated to be worth $700 million, the scope of works covers the construction of dock and unloading facilities for double-hulled LNG tankers, five storage tanks each with capacity of 155,000 cubic metres, vaporisation units and pipelines and utilities. The facilities - to be located near Sabine Pass in Texas - are being handled by US-based Golden Pass LNG Terminal, an affiliate of the US' ExxonMobil Corporation. The terminal, scheduled for completion by 2008/09, will have capacity to receive about 2,000 million cubic feet a day of LNG.

The RasGas III integrated mega-gas project calls for the construction of two LNG trains, each with capacity of 7.8 million tonnes a year. Contract awards are due for both on- and offshore construction packages covering the fabrication of platforms and the liquefaction trains. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2008. RasGas IIis a 70:30 joint venture of Qatar Petroleumand ExxonMobil.

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