Saudi Aramco has now released the full technical and commercial tenders for the four engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts at the $2bn Shaybah natural gas liquids (NGL) project in Saudi Arabia.

The winners for all four packages will be announced in the early second quarter of 2011

Contracting source

A source tells MEED that the pre-qualified companies have now been sent the full details of the remaining three packages, which includes a gas treatment facility, an NGL recovery plant and utilities.

“All of the tenders are out in full now and the deadline for the last three is 4 December,” a contracting source says. “The winners for all four packages will be announced in the early second quarter of 2011.”

The tender for a cogeneration plant, which will supply electricity and heat, was the first of four packages for the Shaybah project to be released by Saudi Aramco and has a deadline date of 22 November (MEED 25:8:10).

The 13 companies invited to bid for the technical packages at Shaybah are:

  • Samsung Engineering (South Korea)   
  • SK Engineering & Construction (South Korea)
  • Saipem (Italy)
  • JGC Corporation (Japan)
  • GS Engineering & Construction (South Korea)
  • Technip (France)
  • SNC Lavalin (Canada)
  • Tecnicas Reunidas (Spain)
  • Chiyoda Corporation (Japan)
  • China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) (China)
  • Snamprogetti (Italy), a subsidiary of Saipem

The Shaybah NGL project will see Aramco separate around 228,000 barrels-a-day (b/d) of NGL from crude oil produced at the Shaybah field in the Empty Quarter of the kingdom. The phase one of the gas processing facilities will involve the construction of two NGL trains. Ethane and propane will also be produced.

The US’ KBR is the project manager at Shaybah NGL and is also conducting the front-end engineering and design (Feed).