Ennore EPC tenders for LNG terminal on track

Vol 17, PW 6 (17 Oct 13) Midstream & Downstream

IndianOil is forging ahead with its 5m t/y LNG terminal at Ennore and making good progress with three lump sum EPC tenders to complete the Rs4320cr ($700m) project.

On September 10, IOC sent tender documents to 10 pre-qualified companies to build regasification facilities. Bids have been invited from Japan's IHI, Germany's TGE Gas Engineering and Linde, Taiwan's CTCI, China's Huanqiu Contracting and Engineering (HQC), US-headquartered Black and Veatch and Fluor, Italy's Saipem, Samsung Engineering and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI).

IOC disqualified Toyo Engineering, Technip, Tecnimont, Techint and Tecnicas Reunidas on technical grounds. On October 10 and 11, IOC took potential bidders to Ennore for a site visit and pre-bid.

IOC wants to receive technical and price bids within 45 days of its September 10 tender issue date. Once it receives bids, IOC is likely to take until the end of the year to evaluate them and should award the contract by February 2014.

By October 20, IOC expects bids to build two 160,000-cubic metre capacity LNG storage tanks. But an industry source adds that bid deadlines for such large tenders typically get extended.

IOC issued tender documents in early August to IHI, CTCI, MHI, Samsung C&T, Tecnicas Reunidas and Saipem. Technip, HQC and Samsung Engineering were disqualified on technical grounds leaving IOC with six pre-qualified contractors, who visited the terminal on September 2.

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