Total begins Mahakam bid rounds

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Total is expected to kick-start the pre-qualification round next week for the installation of over 70 kilometres of offshore pipelines in the South Mahakam project off Kalimantan in Indonesia.

Global Industries, Saipem, Nisconi and Hyundai Heavy Industries are among those eyeing the tender.

As earlier reported in Upstream newspaper, about 20,000 tonnes of 10, 12, 14 and 24-inch line pipes are to be procured and installed during the first two phases of the South Mahakam development.

The project will also involve the construction and installation of three tripod platforms.

Total has issued pre-qualification documents covering 1200 tonnes of structural steel for the platform topsides and 1800 tonnes in total for the jackets earlier this month.

Industry sources are expecting the French oil major to call a separate tender for the engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning of the offshore platforms later this year.

The South Mahakam project involves the development of the Stupa, West Stupa and East Mandu discoveries. The project is targeted for start-up in 2011 or 2012 and expected to produce 14,700 barrels per day of liquids and 114 million cubic feet per day of gas.

www.upstreamonline.com

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