Deadline for Dabhol maintenance contract on 4th July

Vol 10, PW 2 (18 May 06) Midstream & Downstream

GAIL and NTPC have set a deadline of 4th July 2006 for contractors interested in bidding for the Dabhol O&M (Operations & Maintenance) contract once it is up and running.

Most of the civil, electrical, mechanical, instrumentation, fire and safety jobs will be outsourced. GAIL hopes to finalise the detailed scope of these services by 21st May 2006.

Some forty GAIL officials have already been trained at Tokyo Gas in Japan in preparation for the re-start. Current plans are to invite tenders by 4th June 2006 for the O&M contract.

Bids are to be submitted by 4th July and the contract is likely to be awarded by 14th August 2006. GAIL first needs to finalise a sub-agreement with Ratnagiri Gas and Power and hopes to do this by 30th June.

From 1st October 2006, 78 outsourced personnel will be posted to Dabhol in stages. And, from 1st July 2007, 38 GAIL O&M personnel will be posted at Dabhol.

By 30th June 2006, 11 more GAIL personnel will be trained at Tokyo Gas. GAIL has also drawn up a schedule to start operations at the Dabhol port.

A tender to invite bids to operate the Dabhol port is scheduled for 19th May. Bids should be submitted by 19th June and the contract should be awarded 19th July.

Tugboats are to be deployed by 4th January 2007. Tugboat contractors will be given five-and-a-half months notice to mobilise.

GAIL has already finished interacting with various agencies concerned with the operation of the Dabhol port and has drawn up a draft scope of work and sent it to GAILs consultant Scott Wilson and two contractors. By 15th May, GAIL planned to deploy marine personnel at Dabhol.

Most of them will be borrowed on deputation from domestic port trusts. GAIL believes it needs 213 personnel to operate and maintain the Dabhol LNG terminal.

Forty-nine will be GAIL personnel on deputation to Dabhol and the rest will be outsourced.