Oil India scraps 97-well PMC tender

Vol 24, PW 15 (17 Jun 21) News in Brief

After suspending the tender, Oil India has gone one step further and scrapped the whole process to hire a project consultant to manage a 97-well drilling and geomechanical data collection campaign across Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Rajasthan.

On May 20 (2021), Oil India senior manager contracts Buburaj Brahma sent identical emails to US-based Blade Energy, UK-based Norwell Engineering, Delhi-based EnQuest PetroSolutions and Danish contractor WellPerform, briefly informing them the tender stands cancelled. "Due to some unavoidable circumstances, the subject tender has been cancelled," writes Brahma.

"We regret the inconvenience caused. However, we look forward to your participation in our future tenders."

Oil India is believed to have taken this drastic step following a protest letter from EnQuest questioning how it applied the Quality and Cost Based System (QCBS) after opening price bids on March 22 (2021). An Oil India source previously confirmed to this report that after "overall evaluation" under QCBS, Blade Energy was the "best" bidder.

However, EnQuest is believed to have challenged this outcome. Overall evaluation saw Blade come first with 84.25% marks, Norwell second at 82.56%, EnQuest third at 81.06% and WellPerform last with 80.16% marks.

Oil India found Blade's post-evaluation price was $17.285m, WellPerform's was $17.978m, EnQuest's was $18.481m, and Norwell's was $29.282m.