The Persian LNG FEED contract, for which bids are due by the end of the year, will be for the liquefaction and export facilities only. Another FEED contract for the offshore South Pars phase 13, which will supply gas feedstock for the project, was launched in the spring but has suffered delays.
The prospective bidders for the FEED work are: a consortium of Italy’s Snamprogetti
with Germany’s Linde
, Europe’s ABB Lummus Global
, Spain’s Tecnicas Reunidas
and the local Sazeh Consult
; and Japan’s Chiyoda Corporation
with an unidentified local partner. NIOC subsidiary National Iranian Gas Export Company (NIGEC)
is handling all LNG matters.
The Persian LNG project will involve the installation of two LNG trains, each with a capacity to produce about 5 million tonnes a year. The project promoters have not yet decided whether to develop both trains simultaneously or one after the other. South Pars phase 13 is also to be developed by Shell and Repsol on a buyback basis.
Linde is close to agreeing to revise the FEED for the NIOC LNG project after the withdrawal of original turbine supplier GE France
from Iran. Linde’s new proposal – based on its own LNG technology – will be based on using electric motors rather than gas turbines. Snamprogetti is also negotiating with NIOC to provide a separate revised FEED for the same project based on France’s Axens’
technology. The project is running behind schedule (MEED 8:4:05).