However, in early May, Adco informed the companies of a two-month delay in bid submission. ‘The project is expected to be retendered with new capacity of 900,000 cm,’ said an industry source. ‘The location may also be changed, with Fujairah being considered as one probable site.’

In a related development, Adco has issued a notification to the project manager, Engineers India (EIL), stating that its contract will terminate with the issue of a new tender for the project. ‘We will be parting ways on good terms and hope to receive an invitation to bid for the new PMC [project management consultancy] tender,’ says an EIL official. Adco is expected to issue new tenders for PMC and front-end engineering and design (FEED) services. Austria’s ILF Consulting Engineers carried out the original front-end engineering and design (FEED) package.