CNOOC Ltd asks for new prices on Lingshui

Chinese operator CNOOC Ltd has asked contractors to submit fresh prices in a subsea facilities tender for its deep-water Lingshui 17-2 gas field development in the South China Sea's Qiongdongnan basin.

Sources said CNOOC Ltd initially set a workscope that included subsea trees for 11 production wells plus five spare units and four manifolds, a subsea distribution unit, connections, an umbilical termination head, umbilical termination assembly, subsea umbilical termination units as well as umbilicals.

There were suggestions that there had been some changes in the workscope but sources said these did not concern anything significant.

They added that CNOOC has evaluated the commercial and technical proposals submitted in mid July and has asked the four international vendors to submit new prices this week.

Clarification for commercial and technical bids has been completed, said one source, adding that vendors will find it very challenging to change their prices at such short notice.

CNOOC Ltd issued invitations to tender late June to UK-based TechnipFMC, Aker Solutions of Norway, GE-controlled Baker Hughes of the US and Schlumberger-owned OneSubsea.

Aker Solutions has teamed up with Chinese privately-owned subsea equipment manufacturer MSP-Drilex, which was last year linked to a potential takeover approach to the Norwegian contractor.

MSP-Drilex recently engaged Wang Tao, formerly general manager of CNOOC's engineering and construction department, as its chairman and president.

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