Another LEWPP win as AFCONS bids the lowest

Vol 19, PW 19 (02 Jun 16) Exploration & Production

Simmering uncertainty over the fate of the complex Life Extension Well Platforms Project-2 [LEWPP-2] tender has disappeared after ONGC finally opened price bids on May 27.

Mumbai-based AFCONS and partners Halani Offshore and Triune Energy Services bid lowest quoting $177.3m; Malaysian firm SapuraKencana came second quoting $185.66m; Indian companies L&T and GOL Offshore quoted $210.97m. Mercator subsidiary Fortune O&M and Singapore-based Swiber were disqualified.

"ONGC awarded LoI to AFCONS on May 31," says an industry source. LEWPP-2 is more complicated than LEWPP-1 [which AFCONS won in January] and includes jacket repairs, helicopter deck replacement and subsea repairs on 43 platforms at Mumbai High North and South, the Neelam and Heera fields.

ONGC wants the winning contractor to dedicate two barges to LEWPP-2. Elsewhere at LEWPP-1, AFCONS has begun basic work and is preparing a report for end-June submission after a 60-member team completed the field survey from April 1 to May 9.

This will be followed by procurement. AFCONS and partners Halani and Triune won LEWPP-1 on January 29, quoting $160.46m to upgrade 20 offshore platforms including topside and jacket repairs, modular rig modifications, and boat landing and spider-deck repairs.

Construction is likely to begin by October this year.