The first contract – maintenance of potential facilities – will cover the engineering, design and fabrication of two drilling support structures in Zuluf, four production deck modules in Safaniya and Zuluf and related facilities. The second contract will cover the supply and installation of a 30-inch-diameter, 22-kilometre-long gas pipeline to serve the Khursaniyah oil field development.

More offshore work is planned by Aramco. Technical and commercial bids are due to be submitted by 11 March for the supply and installation contract covering more than 15 platforms and decks at Safaniya, Zuluf, Berri and Marjan. The contract also includes in-field pipelines, power cables and related works.

About seven groups of local and international fabricators are prequalified to price the estimated $400 million-450 million LSTK contract. The prequalifiers include: India’s Larsen & Toubro; the local/Malaysian team of Rafid Group,with Ramunia Fabricators; US’ Global Offshore, with Abu Dhabi-based Subtec National Company; NPCC; McDermott; a team of Petrojet with Arab Company for Projects&Maintenance; and Saipem. However, not all are expected to price the 20-month contract. A job explanation meeting is due to be held in Dhahran on 23 January.