Pre-bid called for Mehsana to Bhatinda pipeline

Vol 16, PW 5 (20 Sep 12) Midstream & Downstream

Gujarat State Petronet is holding a pre-bid meeting on October 23 with EPC contractors interested in laying the 1625-km Mehsana to Bhatinda pipeline.

This follows the publication on September 18 of an eagerly awaited Notice Inviting Tender by GSPL India Gasnet (GIGL), a joint venture set up by Gujarat State Petronet (52%) with IndianOil (26%), BPCL (11%) and HPCL (11%). Bid documents are for sale from September 27 till the date of the pre-bid on October 23, at a cost of Rs100,000 ($2000).

The final bid submission date for the estimated $833m contract is November 26. “Contractors will need to submit a written request for bid documents,” says Gujarat Petronet.

PETROWATCH learns Gujarat Petronet is organising a site visit for contractors to Mehsana in north Gujarat where the pipeline will start and wind its way through 19 districts in the northern Indian states of Rajasthan and Haryana before entering Punjab. The pipeline will pass through as many as 796 villages and will cross 26 railway crossings, 33 national highway crossings, 70 big and small rivers, 79 canals, 106-km of forest areas and 3330-hectares of ‘RoU’ (Right of User) areas.

Split into two, the 1625-km pipeline includes 785-km spur lines ranging from 8-inch to 12, 18 and 24-inch diameter and a 36-inch high pressure 840-km trunk line from Mehsana to Bhatinda. Among contractors expected to attend the pre-bid are L&T, Punj Lloyd, Essar, Ahmedabad-based Corrtech, Jai Hind Projects, UAE based Tecton Engineering, Fernas from Turkey, KazStroyService, Zen Gas from Russia, Pune based Fabtech.

To finance the pipeline, GIGL secured Rs4516cr ($833m) in loans from 12 banks on January 30.