Abu Dhabi is expected to invite companies to submit bids on a project to expand the capacity of its onshore Qusahwira field later in the next two months, according to sources familiar with the project.

Project owner Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Petroleum Operations (Adco) recently cancelled a previous tender on Qusahwira Field Development Phase 2, according to sources. Adco had received technical engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) bids in June 2015.

Adco is thought to have made modification to the project’s front-end engineering and design (feed) study and will invite companies to bid on the latest scope.

Phase two of the Qusahwira field development is part of Adco’s programme to increase the capacity of its onshore South East Asset fields, which also includes projects at the Sahil and Mender fields.

Under the original scope the expansion was expected add 25,000 barrels a day (b/d) of new capacity at the field, which is located 260 kilometres south of Abu Dhabi city. The initial tender was estimated to be worth between $500m and $700m.

Canada’s SNC Lavalin carried out the original feed study for the project at its operations in Abu Dhabi, Mumbai and Toronto.