IndianOil sets pipeline bid deadline

Vol 17, PW 8 (14 Nov 13) News in Brief

KazStroyService and Jaihind Projects are expected to compete in IndianOil's re-issued tender to lay a 700-km LPG pipeline from Paradip in Orissa to Durgapur in West Bengal.

IOC re-issued the tender on October 22, after lowest bidder Kalpataru refused to extend the validity of its price bid because of delays in awarding the project. A Kalpataru source confirms it will not participate in the fresh tender, where IOC wants to receive bids by November 19.

An IOC source adds that around half of the Right of User (RoU) permissions to lay the pipeline have been secured. “We have RoUs to lay the pipeline from the Orissa side," he says.

"Notifications have been issued to secure RoUs for the remaining 50% towards Durgapur.” Early this year, IOC bought around 60,000 tonnes of steel pipe for the project with diameters ranging from eight-inches to 18-inches from manufacturers Jindal SAW, PSL, Welspun Pipes and Maharashtra Seamless.