Prospective bidders for the contracts are: Arabian Bemco Contracting, Nesma & Partners Contracting Company, MR Al-Khatlan Group, Al-Shumayer Contracting, Tamimi Construction and Metal Services for Trading & Contracting Company (MetalServ), all local; Lebanon’s Contracting & Trading (CAT); Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC); and Cyprus-based Joannou & Paraskevaides (J&P – Overseas).

The scope of work includes the installation of storage tanks, unloading skids, transfer and shipping pumps and related civils works, as well as structural, piping, electrical and instrumentation works.

It also entails the upgrading of the existing wastewater systems and replacement of tank seals. The expansions will increase the existing gasoline, diesel and fuel oil storage capacity and are targeted to be completed by January 2008.

In early 2005, Aramco awarded five contracts worth more than $100 million to expand and upgrade bulk plants across the kingdom (MEED 25:3:05).