"We have more than enough capacity to supply gas to this project, so we want to be the gas supplier for whoever wins the contract," Kipreos said, speaking on the sidelines of the Elecgas 2003 conference in Santiago. "We are in contact with all the companies that are participating in the bidding to offer gas supply with the most competitive conditions," he added.
Eight companies submitted pre-qualification documents to Enap in March and bids are due September 1.
The gas would come through the GasAndes pipeline to Santiago, from where gas transporter Electrogas would pass the gas on to GasValpo and eventually to the refinery, Kipreos said. GasValpo already supplies about 400,000-500,000cm/d to industries in Region V near the RPC refinery, Kipreos said.
Competition to supply the Enap project, in which minimum investment is around US$50mn-60mn, is likely to come from Region V-based Energas. RPC requires 20MW power in 2004, rising to 40MW in 2005, and an additional 1.33MW every year thereafter for the duration of the contract. The steam requirement is for 70 tonnes/hour at 600psi in 2004, and the same volume at 150psi in 2005.
Last week GasValpo started initial supplies of 8,500cm/d to Chile's state copper corporation Codelco, for use at its Caletones smelter at the El Teniente division in Region VI. Supplies under GasValpo's 15-year contract will increase to 170,000cm/d by 2006, Kipreos said. GasValpo is a subsidiary of Australian Gas and Light (AGL).
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