Good competition for ONGC pipeline projects

Vol 14, PW 8 (07 Oct 10) Exploration & Production

Abu-Dhabi based companies National Petroleum Construction Corporation (NPCC) and Valentine Maritime, and Singapore-based Swiber Offshore are frontrunners to win two unrelated ONGC offshore pipeline projects.

PETROWATCH learns ONGC will open price bids soon in a tender to lay 116-km of subsea pipeline at the proposed B-193 platform offshore Mumbai. It hopes to award the estimated $212m contract by November 15 (next month) so work can be completed by April 30, 2012.

Swiber could have bid aggressively as it has already won ONGC contracts for other parts of the composite B-193 project. But it faces stiff competition in this pipeline tender from NPCC, which is already mobilised offshore Mumbai on unrelated ONGC contracts.

Valentine Maritime also stands a good chance as it too is mobilised offshore Mumbai for an ONGC pipeline project. Others in the race to lay B-193 pipelines are J.

Ray McDermott; Leighton partnering Das Offshore; Essar with Iran Offshore Engineering Company (IOEC); Global Offshore with Larsen & Toubro; Punj Lloyd; and Hyundai Heavy Industries. On September 3, ONGC received bids from 11 companies in an unrelated tender to lay subsea pipelines at the proposed B-46 platform offshore Mumbai.

Once again, industry sources believe NPCC, Swiber and Valentine lead the race for this estimated $200m contract. ONGC wants the selected contractor to lay 13 different stretches of pipeline for the B-46 platforms totalling 105-km by April 30, 2012.

It is technically evaluating the bids and has begun issuing the first round of clarifications to bidders. Also competing are J.

Ray McDermott, Leighton, Essar, Hyundai, Global, Punj Lloyd, Great Offshore, and Dolphin Offshore. Bid documents for the B-46 pipeline project were sold until June 4 and the pre-bid was held in Mumbai on June 18.