ONGC to re-tender BCPA-3 project

Vol 17, PW 2 (22 Aug 13) News in Brief

ONGC is poised to re-tender an estimated $400m platform construction and installation project (BCPA-3) at its Bassein gasfield offshore Mumbai.

No official announcement has been made and in public ONGC has extended the bid submission deadline for the original tender to August 30. But contractors tell us ONGC will end up announcing a re-tender towards the end of the month following changes to the project scope.

“We carried out preliminary engineering and found things don’t add up technically as ONGC wants,” said a likely bidder. “ONGC didn't do engineering before issuing the tender.

” ONGC is changing the project technical specifications following queries from several bidders, among them the need for a third compressor and a third generator. In a related project ONGC has extended until August 26 an estimated $130m tender to lay a 125-km sub-sea pipeline connecting the BCPA-3 platform with existing Bassein platforms.

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