The six packages are as follows:Package 1 calls for the construction of a 41-kilometre causeway, including 20 kilometres of laterals from onshore Manifa to the last production and drilling platform; a 2.4-kilometre main bridge; eight culverts, each 50 metres long; and five short bridges, each 150 metres long. It also includes the dredging of 27 drilling islands;Package 2 will involve the fabrication and installation of offshore drilling and processing platforms;Package 3 will entail the construction of a 170 million-cubic-feet-a-day (cf/d) onshore gas processing facility;Package 4 will cover the construction of onshore gas-oil separation plants (GOSPs), crude stabilisers and separators;Package 5 will be for the construction of facilities for the reinjection of 1.75 million b/d of water;Package 6 will cover the supply and installation of four main pipelines connecting Manifa to Juaymah, the Khursaniyah gas plant and Ras al-Zour. It will also include the construction of a terminal facility.

The first contract to be tendered will be package 1. Prequalifications are due to be submitted by the revised deadline of 25 June for the estimated $1,000 million lumpsum turnkey contract (LSTK). Aramco plans to issue the tender on 25 July, with a bid closing date of 30 October.

Other packages are also expected to be tendered on an LSTK basis, although the process plant packages may be awarded on a cost-reimbursable basis.

Bids are due to be submitted in late June for the project management consultancy (PMC) and front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract involving the onshore facilities.

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