AFCONS to begin LEWPP-1 project in October

Vol 19, PW 11 (11 Feb 16) Exploration & Production

AFCONS and partners Halani Shipping and Triune Energy Services are aiming to begin work on ONGC's Life Extension Well Platform Project-1 (LEWPP-1), earlier known as RUMP-1, by October this year (2016).

A senior AFCONS source confirms it received ONGC's LoI on January 29. AFCONS plans to begin a site survey in March and procurement work in June.

Engineering conceptualisation work began on February 1 and should be completed by next year. When ONGC opened price bids on January 8, AFCONS bid lowest, quoting $160.46m to revamp topsides, modify modular rigs on the platforms, carry out structural repairs on the jacket, boat landing and spider deck for 20 platforms, and to install deck extensions over a two-year timeframe.

Ranked second was Larsen & Toubro with GOL Offshore and Dolphin Offshore at $178.39m followed by SapuraKencana with Hind Offshore at $205.36m. ONGC received bids on October 30, 2015.

ONGC has yet to award the second part of this project LEWPP-2, where it received bids on November 20, 2015. All eyes are now on LEWPP-3, for which ONGC is expected to issue a tender within a week.

Here ONGC wants the decks of 10 Mumbai High North and South platforms replaced and the old decks decommissioned and scrapped. No subsea work is involved in LEWPP-3 so barges are not critical to the project.

"But contractors with their own yards will have an advantage," says a source.