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Idd Al Shargi job on QP menu

Project watchers say technical and commercial offers were recently submitted and the contract is likely to be awarded within a month or two

Qatar Petroleum (QP) is understood to have received four bids for work on the fifth development phase of its Idd Al Shargi North Dome (ISND) oilfield in the Arabian Gulf.

Project watchers told Upstream that technical and commercial offers for the ISND-5 project were recently submitted to QP and the contract is likely to be awarded within a month or two.

Those believed to have bid include US giant McDermott, Malaysia’s Sapura Energy, Indian Engineering giant Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and a consortium comprising Italy’s Saipem with local fabrication yard Qatar Engineering & Construction Company (QCon), sources told Upstream.

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In addition to those participating, China's Offshore Oil Engineering Corporation (COOEC) and Vietnam’s PTSC were also among the interested players, but later decided not to bid.

QP is swiftly moving ahead on the further development of ISND, which is crucial to its strategy to maintain the field’s production profile beyond 2019.

The Qatari giant said last year it would take over the licence to operate the ISND field when the existing contract held by US player Occidental Petroleum expires in October this year.

QP’s move to initiate tender activities at ISND indicates that the state-owned player has already started taking control of the key offshore asset and is expected to offer more ISDN-related opportunities to the supply chain over the next few years.

While the ISND-5 workscope offered in this first recent tender is understood to be relatively modest in scale, QP wants to add five to six new wellhead platforms on the ISND field, with the balance of the work likely to be tendered at a later stage.

The workscope of the ISND-5 project presently tendered includes a remotely-controlled wellhead platform — WHP-U08C — to be installed about 1.1 kilometres from the existing PS-1 complex.

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In addition, subsea pipelines from the envisaged WHP to the PS-1 complex are also likely to be included.

WHP-U08C is expected to be a four-legged structure with 16 slots and will be installed in about 33 metres of water.

One source suggested that QP has not yet carried out front-end engineering design work on the new platform, so the workscope is likely to include the FEED scope as well as the EPC element.

The existing ISND oil production facilities include a bridge-linked production station, PS-1, together with several remote wellhead platforms.

These WHPs are unmanned platforms with three or four-legged jackets supporting conductors, risers and associated topside facilities.

Occidental had earlier floated two tenders in 2017 for the fifth phase of ISND, involving subsea and platform packages that were later cancelled. Last year, QP confirmed Occidental’s exit from ISND and is expected to take over operatorship later this year.

ISND was discovered in 1961 and originally started production in 1963.

QP also now operates the offshore Al Shaheen field in partnership with French supermajor Total.

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