Camisea Transport Audit Awarded to Germanischer for US$1.9mn

Peru's mines and energy ministry has awarded the audit contract for the Camisea natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGL) transport system's construction quality to the Mexican unit of German industrial services company Germanischer Lloyd for US$1.9mn, the ministry said in a statement.

UK technical services company Moody International placed second in the process, while UK engineering and management services company Penspen and US engineering firm Aptech also submitted bids.

Germanischer Lloyd will have 10 days to sign the contract for the audit from the date the contract was awarded. The audit is due to require nine months of work, BNamericas previously reported.

This tender marked the ministry's second attempt to award the audit after the July tender was declared void because only one company presented an offer.

Parallel natural gas and NGL transport pipelines experienced five spills in the first 18 months of operation.

Transport from block 88 is managed by the TGP consortium, which is set to begin renegotiating its contract with the government in light of the spills.

The consortium is led by Argentine construction firm Techint, which has a 23.4% stake in the pipeline. Other partners are Argentina's Pluspetrol and US company Hunt (22.2% each), South Korea's SK Corporation, Algeria's Sonatrach (11.1% each), Belgium's Tractebel (8%) and Peruvian construction company Grana y Montero (2%).

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