All welcome in IndianOil's Ennore 'regas' tender

Vol 17, PW 21 (05 Jun 14) Midstream & Downstream

Last September Toyo Engineering (India) and Italy's Tecnimont were disqualified in IndianOil's tender to build ‘regas’ facilities at its proposed Ennore LNG terminal in Tamil Nadu.

But they now have a second chance. IOC has learnt its lesson from the previous tender where it disqualified bidders without reason and scrapped the tender in February to avoid controversy.

On May 22 the state-owned refiner issued a fresh tender to all 11 companies who sent in EoIs on March 14, including Toyo and Tecnimont. “This time,” says a contractor disqualified from the earlier tender, “we hope IOC will evaluate bids without prejudice.

” IOC refuses to disclose why this time it qualified all companies, describing it as, “an internal matter.” Tender have now been sent to Tecnimont with Spain's Cobra; Linde India with Germany's Linde AG; Technip KT (India) with Technip France; CTCI with Cinda Corporation; Saipem with L&T; Spain’s Sener with AFCONS; Germany’s TGE with Turkey's Fernas; Black & Veatch with KazStroyService; Japan’s MHI with Tata Projects; and India’s Fluor Daniel with US-based Fluor.

Separately IOC has yet to open price bids submitted last October for two 160,000-cubic metre storage tanks. Only IHI and Mitsubishi bid but IHI’s bid contained too many deviations prompting speculation it might be disqualified with IndianOil re-tendering because awarding the job to single bidder Mitsubishi would trigger corruption inquiries.

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