Manzanillo LNG Reception Contract Attracts Initial 30 Companies

Mexico's state power company CFE reported 30 groups attended the first question and answer session this week for the reception, storage and re-gasification component of the Manzanillo LNG re-gasification project.

Potential bidders include Iberdrola, ICA, Fluor Daniel, Marubeni, Mitsui, OHL, Sempra Energy, Techint, Tokio Gas and Unión Fenosa Gas, according to meeting minutes.

The winner of the contract will also supply natural gas to CFE for 20 years. Bidding rules will be available through March 20 with offers due March 26.

The project's other component entails the supply of 500Mf3/d of LNG for 20 years. The deadline to purchase bidding rules for that contract is January 10 and offers are due January 16.

Nine groups attended the first question and answer session for the supply component.

Winners of the supply and reception, storage and re-gasification contracts will have to provide guarantees of US$120mn and US$85mn respectively at contract signing.

CFE expects the Manzanillo project in Colima state on the Pacific coast to begin operations in April 2011.

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