The Basrah Oil Company (BOC) will award the contract to build the Common Seawater Supply Project (CSSP) through a tender process, following the end of talks on the project with Exxon Mobil. The US oil major had initially been in discussions to build a large water treatment facility in order to develop their oil production capacity.
The BOC have so far shortlisted 3 unknown companies for the project which will be awarded as an EPC contract, from 7 initial applications that were received. The tender process is expected to be completed in July.
The water treatment facility will have the capacity to treat 5 million barrels of seawater per day, with potential scope to increase this capacity by a further 50% to 7.5 million barrels.
Despite the end of talks with Exxon on this project, the oil major remain in talks with the BOC on other projects in the Basrah region which include the building of export facilities and the development of Artawi and Nahr Bin Umar oilfields.