Aramco expected to award offshore project by end of Q2

Saudi Aramco is planning to carry out the replacement of two trunk lines (CRPO 63) connected to Gas-Oil Separation Plant -2 of Zuluf field development program, a source aware of the project details said. 
The source told Zawya Projects that Saipem submitted the lowest bid and has emerged as the front runner, adding that the bids are still under evaluation as the developer has extended the main contract bid validity by 90 days.
"The engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract is expected to be awarded by end of second quarter 2021," a second source told Zawya Projects, adding that the invitation to bid was issued in June 2020 companies under ARAMCO offshore LTA pool.
He said the original commercial bid submission date of 19 July 2020 was extended thrice to 16 August, 30 August, and 6 September 2020.
He didn’t give the reasons for the extensions but said the project’s completion scheduled for the first quarter of 2024 remains unchanged.
The scope includes the replacement of two 12-km trunk lines, instrumentation works, mechanical works, electrical works, and associated facilities.
The bidders for the EPC work comprised Saipem, Sapura Energy, McDermott International, Dynamic Industries Saudi Arabia, National Petroleum Construction Company, JV of L&T Hydrocarbons Engineering, and Subsea 7, JV of Lamprell, and Royal Boskalis Westminster, officials from six companies confirmed with Zawya Projects.
The project value, as estimated by the first source, is USD 110M.
He said the LTA pool of offshore contractors has submitted bids for CRPO 63, 64, and 65 offshore modification jobs tendered through Aramco’s Contracts Release and Purchase Order (CRPO) system.
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