Saudi Aramco extends bidding for offshore gas work

* Offshore bids due on Dec. 7

* Arabiyah and Hasbah sour gas fields would feed Wasit

* Wasit’s gas processing capacity at 2.5 billion cfd

KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, Nov 8 (BestGrowthStock) – State oil company
Saudi Aramco [SDABO.UL] has extended the deadline for companies
to bid for offshore work at non-associated gas fields related to
its Wasit programme by one month to Dec. 7, industry sources
said.

Wasit is Aramco’s second project to develop gas fields that
are not associated with oil production to meet rising domestic
gas demand.

Work at the first, Karan, which will have a capacity of 1.8
billion cubic feet per day (cfd), is expected to be completed in
2013.[[ID:nLDE65E1EV]

The development of Wasit is split into onshore and offshore
construction packages. [ID:nLDE66Q0J6]

Last week, foreign engineering companies submitted
proposals for the onshore packages to build the plant, which
will be the largest in the kingdom.[ID:nLDE69Q0R5]

A source told Reuters that companies has asked for more time
to prepare their Wasit bids.

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For a table on companies bidding for the Wasit onshore
packages, please click on: [ID:nLDE69Q0R5]

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The work calls for the installation of tie-in platforms
along with associated pipelines and cables to provide the feed
gas to the Wasit central processing facility, Aramco said in a
brief description of the project on its website.

The facility would process 2.5 billion cfd of gas from the
Arabiyah and Hasbah offshore sour gas fields when it comes
online in 2014.

Aramco’s gas reserves stood at 275.2 trillion cubic feet in
2009, of which 50 percent was not associated with oil
output.[ID:nLDE65E1EV]
(Reporting by Reem Shamseddine; editing by Anthony Barker)

Saudi Aramco extends bidding for offshore gas work