A contract for the construction of a major gas pipeline from the Saih Nihayda gas field in central Oman to the Duqm industrial area will be awarded by the end of 2013 and the project will be completed by 2016, according to Oman Gas Company (OGC), which will supervise and manage the pipeline project.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the 8th Gas Arabia Summit on Monday, Yousuf al Ojaili, CEO of OGC, said that the 240km-long pipeline will deliver 25mn m3 of gas per day.
He said, “It project will employ 36” pipes and will be 240km long. The contract for supply of pipes will be awarded in the first quarter of 2013, and the construction contract will be awarded by the end of 2013. The pipeline will be ready by 2016.”
The Tender Board had floated an international tender for the supply of pipes earlier this year.
Ojaili said that front-end-engineering-design (FEED) work for the project has been completed.
“We are currently evaluating tenders for the pipe-supply contract. Several companies from various countries are bidding for the contract. The construction contract is also open to international companies. As it is a big project, we want competition in bidding which will ensure quality work,” he added.
Ojaili said that the pipeline has enough capacity to cater to gas demand in the Duqm area for the next 20 years, if not more,.
He added that OGC currently manages 2,300km of gas pipelines, which will increase to 2,500km in the next two to three years.