Saudi Aramco has received offers from consultants for the project management of its stadium building programme.

It is understood that Aramco intends to appoint four firms to manage the construction of the 11 stadiums that it plans to build at different locations across Saudi Arabia. Three of the selected companies will manage the development of three stadiums each, and a fourth firm will manage the construction of two stadiums.

Aramco has also invited nine groups to submit bids by 26 October for the construction of the 11 stadiums.

The nine selected groups are:

The bidders have been asked to submit their rates for work as Aramco has fast-tracked the scheme and the final designs have yet to be completed. The state oil company had earlier been planning to tender the work in November.

The stadiums are expected to cost at least $400m each to build, meaning the overall programme will cost more than $4.4bn. The contractors have been asked to bid for all the stadiums, with a maximum of two awarded to each company. The 18-month deals will be due for completion in June 2016.

The facilities will be built in Medina, Al-Qassim, the Eastern Province, Asir, Tabuk, Hail, the Northern Borders, Jizan, Najran, Baha and Al-Jouf.

Aramco is building the stadiums as part of a King Abdullah Programme to improve sports facilities in the kingdom.