BJ and Schlumberger in ONGC bid for Samudra Nidhi

Vol 10, PW 25 (19 Apr 07) Exploration & Production

ONGC is again in the market to select an operations and maintenance contractor for its offshore stimulation vessel Samudra Nidhi.

Offers have been received from BJ Services, whose present O&M contract with ONGC for the vessel is about to end, and Schlumberger. Samudra Nidhi is working in the western offshore and is the only vessel of its kind owned by ONGC.

Bids from BJ Services and Schlumberger were received by the 23rd March deadline following a limited tender. Only BJ Services, Schlumberger and Halliburton were invited to bid for the three-year O&M contract for the vessel.

Halliburton declined to bid. “Offers from BJ and Schlumberger are being evaluated,â€‌ we hear.

“No idea when the price bids will be opened.â€‌ BJ Services has been looking after Samudra Nidhi for ONGC since 1st May 2006 on a one-year contract, extendable by six months.

“The new contract will begin from the conclusion of the six months extension,â€‌ we learn. Separately, ONGC’s well services division awarded a contract to BJ Services on 2nd March for the charter-hire of its custom-built offshore stimulation vessel West Sonn.

An industry source tells us ONGC has agreed a rate of $70,000 per day with BJ Services for West Sonn. Only BJ Services and Schlumberger competed for this contract.

But ONGC found Schlumberger’s offer technically wanting. “BJ offered a custom-built stimulation vessel,â€‌ says a source.

“But Schlumberger offered a supply vessel that was to be modified into a stimulation vessel on receipt of the ONGC contract so ONGC rejected Schlumberger.â€‌ ONGC will use West Sonn for acid fracturing and well tubing jobs in the western offshore.

“This is the first time ONGC will have a 8000-hp stimulation vessel,â€‌ we are told. “West Sonn will be the biggest vessel of its kind to work for ONGC.

â€‌ BJ must mobilise West Sonn within 150 days from receipt of a Letter of Intent from ONGC and expects to deploy the vessel in July.

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