Five Firms Shortlisted for West Qurna 2

Reuters reports that Iraq and its partners, Russia's LUKoil and Norway's Statoil, have shortlisted five companies to compete for the West Qurna Phase Two oilfield development contract.

An Iraqi oil official who asked not to be identified said on Tuesday that the oil service companies selected are Saipem , SNC Lavalin Group Inc , Punj Lloyd Ltd , Globalstroy Engineering and South Korea's Samsung Engineering.

"We are studying the commercial offers and we expect to select a winning company within two weeks," the official said.

Last September, Iraq and its partners issued four tenders for construction and energy projects at West Qurna II, a 12.9-billion-barrel supergiant oilfield in southern Iraq.

The official said seven companies submitted bids, but that two, Petrofac Ltd and Technimont, were rejected. He did not offer any reason for their exclusion.

The four tenders are for the construction of an oil export pipeline; a tank farm at Tuba; a power distribution station and an associated gas processing plant; and an oil gathering system, central processing facilities and a water supply system.

The tenders are part of the initial development plan set by LUKOIL and Statoil and approved by Iraq's oil ministry last year to start production at the untapped oilfield.

They are expected to help production at the field hit 150,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd) in January 2013, the Iraqi oil official said.

West Qurna Phase Two operator LUKOIL is selecting one company to work on an Engineering, Procurements and Construction contract (EPC) for building oil facilities.

(Source: Reuters)

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