Imminent tender for Ahmedabad to Rajkot pipeline

Vol 8, PW 17 (17 Nov 04) Midstream & Downstream

Gujarat Petroleum subsidiary Gujarat State Petronet will shortly issue tender documents to six pipeline companies for the construction of its proposed 250-km Ahmedabad to Rajkot gas pipeline and a 200-km stretch from Anand to Pipavav.

On 18th October, Gujarat Petronet received nine bids from companies either alone or in a consortium. The applications are being reviewed, reveals a source.

Two or three companies might not qualify. Gujarat Petronet is expected to send invitation letters to the following companies or consortia: Larsen & Toubro, Dodsal Engineering and Punj Lloyd; Gammon India and Engineers India; Hindustan Construction House, Nova Engineering and Essar Constructions; Indian Oil and Stroytransgas of Russia.

Bidding alone are Tractebel Engineering and Nagarjuna Construction. We learn the project cost for these two pipelines will be around Rs450cr ($97.82m).

Companies unlikely to qualify are: Dalal Mott MacDonald; a consortium of Secon Surveys, Worley and Jacobs H&G; and Toyo Engineering. A careful scrutiny of these companies is under progress, he said.

But we dont think they meet our conditions. Prospective bidders must have constructed and commissioned at least one natural gas or oil pipeline with a minimum diameter of 24-inches and length of 60-km over the last five years.

On 6th September, Gujarat Petronet called for pre-qualification bids to construct the pipeline, which will start from Ahmedabad and pass through Surendranagar, Wankaner, Thangadh and Morbi to Rajkot and another stretch to connect Anand with Pipavav.