WASHINGTON, May 6 (UPI) -- Iraq's Oil Ministry has extended the deadline for companies to submit plans to design and supply the equipment for pipelines to and from Iran.
The April 24 deadline for bids was moved to May 18, the ministry announced on its Web site Tuesday. The State Company for Oil Projects, a division of the ministry, is inviting international oil companies to offer bids detailing the design and engineering study and supplying of all equipment and materials except the pipelines itself.
The project, which has been in the discussion phase for more than a year, is to ship Iraqi crude to Iran and in a separate line import refined products. Both pipelines would transport via the Shatt al-Arab waterway, the body of water leading the Tigris and Euphrates into the Persian Gulf and delineating the southern Iraq-Iran border.
Last month the ministry also extended the deadline for companies to submit bids to design and supply materials for developing the Akkas gas field in western Iraq, near the Syrian border. The project would supply gas to Syria and eventually Europe.
The ministry has also issued tender announcements for a new wastewater treatment project at the Basra refinery and a contract to calibrate new meters throughout the Basra, Thi-Qar and Maysan provinces.
Ben Lando, UPI Energy Editor