Further to the release of the invitation to tender for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts of the Duqm Refinery project, an open forum for the seven pre-qualified tenderers was organised at Crowne Plaza Duqm.
The seven tenderers comprise joint ventures, alliances, and sole entities totalling 15 international companies, a press release issued by Duqm Refinery said on Tuesday.
The forum scheduled a briefing session to familiarise the tenderers with the tender process together with visits to the proposed construction site, Oman Dry Dock, Port of Duqm and other surrounding infrastructure.
The forum commenced with a welcome note from H E Said al Harthy, Undersecretary of Ports and Maritime Affairs and the board member of the Special Economic Zone Authority of Duqm (Sezad), and was followed by a summary of the project by Jacobus Nieuwenhuijze, project director of Duqm Refinery. Nieuwenhuijze said, "The forum serves as an ideal platform not just for Duqm Refinery to interface with the tenderers but also for local Duqm companies to engage with them to promote their own services and add value to the project."
The briefing session featured presentations from Sezad, Takatuf and local Duqm companies on the capabilities and level of support that would be available. The local companies in attendance included Oman Dry Dock Co, Renaissance Services, Rural Authority for Electricity and Water, Port of Duqm and Duqm Development Co.
Duqm Refinery and Petrochemical Industries Co is a joint venture between Oman Oil Co (OOC) and UAE's International Petroleum Investment Co (IPIC).
Duqm Refinery recently awarded its site preparation tender to Galfar Engineering and Contracting Co for its upcoming refinery in Sezad. Site preparation work is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2016. It will include excavation and compaction of more than 12mn m3 of soil, and will lay the groundwork to commence refinery construction in 2016.
Once completed, the refinery will have the capacity to process around 230,000 barrels of oil per day. Diesel, jet fuel, naphtha and LPG are to be its primary products.