Aramco is expected to invite ABB Lummus Global, Bechtel, Foster Wheeler Corporationand Halliburton KBR, all of the US, to bid for the FEED. A tender is expected to be issued in the fourth quarter.

The company is then expected to tender a major conversion of the East-West pipeline to carry gas as well as oil. The estimated $800 million project will follow the 2001 conversion by Italy’s Saipemof the AY-1 pipeline to take an estimated 300 million cubic feet a day of gas to the Western Region.