New Ecuadorian pipeline plan elicits three bids

Final bids to build a second crude-oil export pipeline in Ecuador included a surprise bid from a group led by Ecuador's Army Corps of Engineers (CIE) along with two other private-sector bids.Joining CIE in what had been expected to be a private-company competition were the Brazilian firms Andrade GutiBids to build the heavy-oil pipeline were also submitted by the US-based Williams group and a producer consortium headed by Spain's Repsol-YPF Ecuador SA.All bids were due at the offices of Ecuador's Ministry of Energy at the end of the day, Aug. 31.ProposalsCIE and its civilian partners are proposing to build a pipeline with initial capacity of 290,000 b/d at a cost of $470 milli...

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