Saudi Aramco has extended the deadline for bids to build three new power and steam plants to 11 December, from 13 November at the request of several of the bidders.

There are expected to be around five bidders for the project, including consortiums led by the local Acwa, the UK/French IP-GDF Suez, Japan’s Marubeni, the local Saudi Oger with Malaysia’s Powertek Berhad, and Singapore’s Sembcorp.

The project will cover the construction of three cogeneration plants at Abqaia, Hawiyah and Ras Tanura built on an independent power plant (IPP) basis.