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Bab Sour Gas Development Project
This project involves development of the Bab sour gas field, located 150 kilometers southwest of Abu Dhabi city. The project is about Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract for the development of a sour gas field with capacity of about 1 billion cubic feet a day (cf/d). It is being implemented in joint venture. The field will have a capacity of about 1 billion cf/d of sour gas, which will be processed to a smaller amount of sales gas and associated sulphur and liquid petroleum gas (LPG). The project involves the development of a sour gas field located about 150 kilometers south-west of the city of Abu Dhabi. The project includes:Installation of a gas processing and treatment plant, Gathering system, Sulfur-recovery facilities. All the facilities together are expected to process 1 billion scfd of sour gas. The sour gas reservoirs will be costly and technically challenging to develop due to high levels of toxic hydrogen sulphide, which must be removed through processing. Shell plans to utilize the sulphur produced at Bab for local industries such as concrete, bitumen replacement and fertilizer production, due to the volatile nature of the global sulphur market. EPC contracts are expected to be awarded in 2016. Client is aiming to start production at the field by 2020. US engineering group has been awarded a contract to carry out the pre-front-end engineering and design (pre-FEED) on this scheme, while Australian group has been appointed as the project management consultant (PMC) for the pre-FEED phase. WorleyParsons will carry out the contract from its operations in Vancouver, Canada. Client is managing the early tendering stages through its majority-owned joint venture Abu Dhabi Gas Industries pending finalization of the Shell joint venture. It has now tendered the project's FEED study and PMC contract to oversee the FEED phase. Companies submitting proposals for the PMC tender include UK, US, France, and Australia.