ONGC warns contractors not to derail 98/2 work

Vol 20, PW 3 (20 Oct 16) Exploration & Production

Think hard before complaining to ONGC's Independent External Monitors about its long-delayed $2bn tender to start production at eastern offshore deepwater KG-DWN-98/2 block.

Tired of disgruntled contractors derailing tenders, ONGC director offshore TK Sengupta and executive director Alok Nandan sent out a strong message at an October 5 meeting of interested contractors for the SPURF (Subsea Production System and Subsea Umbilicals, Risers and Flowlines) tender. "Sengupta said ONGC doesn't want anyone to waste time and such attempts will not be taken lightly," says a source.

"He said ONGC has committed production schedules to the government." ONGC's schedule for this tender, expected to be issued by October 25, and its obsession with the number 9 has left many wondering if it has consulted a numerologist. By December 9 it plans to release additional information based on 'changes in reservoir characteristics' and 'flow assurance' studies done by WorleyParsons subsidiary INTECSEA.

By February 9 it wants bids submitted. And by April 9 it will award the contract.

Among those who attended the October 5 meeting at ONGC's 'Green Building' office in Mumbai were a consortium of Saipem and Aker Kvaerner, a consortium of Technip and FMC, SapuraKencana with Dril-Quip, Subsea 7 with OneSubsea, and GE with McDermott International.