Another ONGC win for Abu Dhabi-based NPCC

Vol 15, PW 3 (11 Aug 11) Exploration & Production

Yet again, Abu Dhabi-based National Petroleum Construction Corporation (NPCC) is poised to win a major ONGC offshore EPC assignment.

Last December, NPCC won a $227m ONGC tender for the offshore Mumbai B-series platforms and is now expected to win two ONGC tenders to set up platforms and pipelines at the Cluster 7 marginal fields offshore Mumbai, together worth an estimated $470m. NPCC enjoys an advantage over other bidders, explains an industry source, because it is one of the few companies with ‘in-house’ skills and capabilities to deliver both projects.

“NPCC has design, installation and production facilities in addition to barges under a single roof,” he says. “So it can exploit economies of scale to quote an aggressive price.

” Other companies to submit bids to ONGC on July 5 in its tender to set up five unmanned well platforms at Cluster 7 include L&T; J. Ray McDermott; Essar with Gulf Coast-based Dynamic Industries; Pipavav Defence & Offshore Engineering with Singapore’s Swiber; Hyderabad-based SEW Infrastructure with Malaysia’s Ramunia; and Australia’s Leighton Contractors with Abu Dhabi’s Gulf Piping.

Of these, expect NPCC to face stiff competition from L&T if it chooses to deploy its new L&T 3000 barge, which it owns through its JV with Malaysia’s SapuraCrest Petroleum. “But since this is a new barge,” we are told, “it will be expensive to deploy.

” NPCC also submitted a bid in mid-July in a related ONGC tender to lay 200-km of interconnecting pipelines at Cluster 7. Other companies to bid were Leighton; Essar with Microperi; L&T with Dolphin Offshore; Hyundai; Swiber; Valentine Maritime; Sairama Engineering Enterprises with fellow Hyderabad-based company Megha Engineering; Mumbai-based Pratibha Industries with Dubai’s Likpin; Great Offshore with Norway’s Cecon; Punj Lloyd with Indonesia’s PT Sempec; and Pipavav Defence.