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Four bids in for Adnoc subsea transmission project

UAE, Abu Dhabi: Four groups have submitted binding commercial offers for the planned multi-billion dollar high-voltage sub-sea transmission project to connect Abu Dhabi National Oil Company’s (Adnoc’s) offshore oil and gas production facilities to Abu Dhabi’s onshore national electricity grid.

According to sources close to the project, bids were received from the following groups:

  • China Southern Power Grid
  • Elia Grid / Vision Interest
  • Kansai Electric
  • Kepco / Kyuden / EDF

Adnoc and ADPower launched a joint tender for the high-voltage sub-sea transmission project, the first project of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa region in April.

Energy & Utilities reported in July that at least six nonbinding proposals were submitted for the scheme.

Binding offers had originally been due on 30 September, but the deadline was extended to allow bidders more time to work on proposals.

The use of power generated onshore is expected to reduce Adnoc’s offshore carbon footprint by up to 30 %, with a significant amount of Abu Dhabi’s energy to be provided by renewable energy and nuclear power in the coming years.

“This project will meet our future offshore power needs, even as our fields mature, using diverse and sustainable sources,” Yaser Saeed Al-Mazrouei, Adnoc Upstream executive director, said in April when the tender was launched. “It will enable Adnoc to utilise the natural gas currently used to power our offshore facilities for higher-value purposes.”

The project will be developed by a special purpose vehicle – in which the successful developers from the tender will hold a 40 %, with Adnoc and ADPower, now fully owned by Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa), to each hold a 30 % stake.

The scheme will be developed under a build-own-operate and transfer model, with ownership of the project to be transferred back to Adnoc at the end of the concession agreement.

The project is due to be commissioned in 2025.

 

Source: Energy & Utilities