Package 2 covers the project’s offsites and utilities and package 4 is for expansion of the Qurayyah seawater treatment plant. Package 5 involves the construction of a water injection pump station known as WIPS 1. All three contracts have been awarded on a convertible lump-sum turnkey basis (LSTK), with initial engineering work to be carried out on a cost-reimbursable basis before being converted to lump-sum once a majority of the detailed engineering is complete.

The estimated $11,000 million development, which will deliver 1.2 million barrels a day of Arabian Light crude by 2009/10, is being carried out in five main packages. Bids are due to be submitted by the revised deadline of 6 June for the central processing facilities (CPF) and gas-oil separation plant (GOSP) packages.

The US’ Foster Wheeler, with its in-kingdom partner Sofcon, is the project management consultant (PMC).