It is understood the scale and complexity of the project means Aramco needs more time to evaluate the offers.
Nine companies were invited to bid. They are:
- Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) (Athens-based) / Strabag (Austria)
- Saudi Binladin Group (SBG) (local) / Eiffage (France)
- Al-Muhaideb Trading & Contracting Establishment (local) / Six Construct (Belgium)
- Nesma & Partners (local) / Salini Impregilo (Italy)
- Nasser al-Hajri (local) / Vinci (France)
- Bouygues (France) / Almabani (local) / Huta (local)
- Samsung C&T (South Korea) / Azmeel Contracting (local)
- Baytur (Turkey) / Clark Construction (US)
- El-Seif Engineering & Contracting (local) / Bam (Netherlands)
The stadiums, which will be located in Medina, Al-Qassim, the Eastern Province, Asir, Tabuk, Hail, the Northern Borders, Jizan, Najran, Baha and Al-Jouf, are projected to cost $400m each. This brings the overall project budget to about $4.4bn.
Aramco issued a select list for each stadium, with a maximum of two contracts awarded to each consortium.
The stadiums are to be built simultaneously and are scheduled for completion in June 2016.
Aramco is also evaluating bids for the project management consultancy contract. It is expected to select four companies to project manage two or three stadiums each.
The bidders for this deal are understood to be:
- Dar al-Handasah (Lebanon)
- Faithful+Gould (UK)
- Hill International (US)
- Jacobs (US)
- SNC Lavalin (Canada)
- WorleyParsons (Australia)
Aramco is building the 45,000-seat stadiums as part of a King Abdullah Programme to improve sports facilities in the kingdom.