The plants are to be built at Berri, Ras Tanoura, Uthmaniya and Hawiyah. The fifth plant, planned for Shedgum, is still optional. Aramco will provide the fuel and water for the projects, which the developers will convert to power through an energy conversion agreement (ECA). Tender documents are expected to be issued to prequalifiers by the end of the year, with bids scheduled for submission in the first quarter of 2003. Contract awards are expected next summer.

Foster Wheeler Corporation of the US and Fichtnerof Germany are consulting for Aramco on the projects.