The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources on Tuesday invited international consultancy firms to bid for conducting feasibility studies on the construction of an oil pipeline to transport oil from the Haditha station in Iraq to the Jordanian Petroleum Refinery Company near Zarqa.
An announcement said the ministry in the first stage will select six firms which will be provided with the documents pertaining to the project with details about the nature and the volume of work.
The firm with the best and most suitable bid will be selected and entrusted with conducting feasibility studies and relevant engineering works.
The selected firm will be requested to help qualify international companies wishing to invest in the project, to prepare tender documents, to help analyse bids and supervise the negotiations with the winning firm, according to the announcement.
The project to be executed on build, operate and transfer (BOT) basis has two stages: The first entails laying of the pipeline on the Jordanian side and the construction of a pumping and storage station on the Iraqi side of the Jordanian-Iraqi border, and the second entails laying the pipeline in Iraqi territory.
The 750-kilometre pipeline, of which 320 kilometres will be in Jordan, is expected to cost $325 million, with the section in Jordan costing $150 million.
The pipeline is a vital project for Jordan which this year paid $80 million to transport oil overland by tankers.
Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Wael Sabri has meanwhile said that Iraq's decision to temporarily halt oil exports will not affect Jordan, but rather oil transported via the pipeline through Turkey. Jordan relies strictly on tankers to import oil from Iraq, he said.
The minister also pointed out that nine international firms have submitted bids to develop Al Risheh gasfields near the Iraqi border and to determine the Kingdom's gas deposits.
He said the firm which wins the tender will have to spend $20 million on drilling wells in the course of exploration.
( Jordan Times )
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