Aramco tenders bulk plant upgrades

14 July 2006

Saudi Aramco has invited companies to submit bids by 22 July for three major contracts to build and expand 12 bulk plants across the kingdom. Estimated to be worth a total of $250 million-300 million, the lump-sum procure and build (LSPB) contracts cover: the Qatif, Dhahran and Hasa bulk plants in the Eastern Province; the north Riyadh terminal, south Riyadh, Qassim and Sulayyil plants in the Central Region; and north Jeddah, south Jeddah, Yanbu, Rabigh and Najran bulk plants in the southwest and western regions.

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).

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