Seven firms invited to bid for Duqm refinery

The Oman refinery, once completed, will have the capacity to process 230,000 bpd of crude oil

Picture for illustrative purpose only.
Picture for illustrative purpose only.

As many as seven pre-qualified applicants have been invited to submit tenders for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts for building the Duqm Refinery in Oman, the Times of Oman daily reported.

The refinery, once completed, will have the capacity to process 230,000 barrels of crude oil per day (bpd), according to a press release from Duqm Refinery.

The applicants include a combination of joint ventures, alliances, and sole entities capturing a total of 15 international companies.

‘The selection process followed a structured and robust prequalification evaluation of the capabilities of all the companies’, who applied for inclusion in the tender list, the statement says.

The tender will reportedly comprise two EPC contracts. The larger contract will consist of all the equipment and structures required to process the crude oil. The other contract will comprise facilities, utilities, tankage and buildings that are required to support that refinery process.

"The release of the invitation to tender (ITT) documentation to these tenderers is another key milestone in the refinery project lifecycle and a significant achievement for the project team,” Jacobus Nieuwenhuijze, director, Duqm Refinery Project, said.

“The tender process has been well established and shall remain the focus of much of the team for the next year. Our aim is to achieve success on an international level by insisting on high standards for design, construction and operation and by adding value to an area that is considered to be the new economic hub of Oman and that shall become a major player in the region," said.

The Duqm Refinery, will be one of the growth engines for the special economic zone. It will provide development opportunities for new projects that will directly and indirectly interface with the refinery. These projects will look to benefit from the refinery's products, as well as provide different logistic services to the refinery.

The Duqm Refinery and Petrochemical Industries Company is a joint venture (JV) between the Oman Oil Company (OOC) and the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC).

The strategic partnership between OOC and IPIC has been established to incorporate the Duqm Refinery, based in Al Duqm, which is located in the South East Al Wusta Governorate.

The Duqm Refinery recently awarded its site preparation tender to Galfar Engineering and Contracting to prepare the ground for the refinery in the Special Economic Zone of Duqm.

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