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Commercial bids in for Agip Steel pipeline
2004 September 5

  Agip Oil, a 50:50 joint venture between Italy’s Eni and state-owned National Oil Corporation (NOC), has opened prices for the construction contract on the El-Sharara-Melitah oil pipeline.

Egypt’s Petrojet is understood to be the low bidder on the estimated $180 million project, which is aimed at pumping oil from the recently-opened Elephant field on block NC-174 – operated by Agip – to export facilities on the coast.

Agip is keen to proceed rapidly with the project, and has stipulated an eight-month construction period for the first 200-kilometre section of the 720-kilometre-long pipeline. As a result of the fast-track nature of the project, sources close to the tendering process say that Agip may appoint two contractors to accelerate construction, with Petrojet completing the first section, and the second-lowest bidder China Petroleum Company International Engineering Corporation awarded a contract for the two other sections. India’s SAW Pipes, has already delivered the first shipment of pipes and Agip is expected to make a final decision soon. 

About 10 companies, including Saipem and Bonatti, both of Italy, Athens-based Joannou & Paraskevaides, and Germany’s MAN GHH, submitted revised prices in early August for the 30-inch-diameter pipeline, which will have initial capacity of 150,000 barrels a day.

The pipeline’s front-end engineering and design (FEED) package was prepared by UK-based Teknica, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NOC.

Agip Oil is also evaluating bids for an estimated $20 million ball valves contract. Seven companies were invited to submit bids.

Technip in Libya pipeline project
2004 August 18

  French oilfield services company Technip has been awarded a 50 million euro ($61.3 million) contract by Agip Oil for the Bouri East Area Development project in Libya.

The Bouri field lies 120 km off the Libyan coast and the project will consist of four new subsea production wells, Technip said in a statement.

Technip will perform the engineering, procurement, fabrication, testing, transport, installation and pre-commissioning of two 8-inch think production flexible flowlines and one 3-inch flowline, along with a risers system, it said.


Wind farm tender nears
2004 July 26

Germany's CUBE Engineering is preparing bid documents for Libya's first large-scale wind farm project, located on the coast between Tobruk and Benghazi. Two tenders - one for the turbine supply and one for the 25-MW project's construction - are due to be issued by the end of November. The client is General Electricity Company of Libya (Gecol).

CUBE has been conducting wind measurement tests and feasibility studies to ascertain the optimum location for the wind farm since it won the consultancy in 2001. The firm will also supervise the first year of the project's operation when it comes on stream, which is expected by the end of 2005.

The planned wind farm is one of a number of renewable energy projects under way in North Africa. Both Rabat and Tunis are planning wind farm projects on their coasts.

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