Atkins in line for QNCC contract

21 March 2003
The UK's WS Atkins Internationalis understood to have been nominated as the preferred bidder for the expansion of the Qatar National Cement Company (QNCC)plant at Umm Bab. Atkins was one of two European consultants - the other is from Belgium - shortlisted for the contract, which covers the preparation of front-end engineering and design (FEED) studies and construction supervision for the QR 450 million ($123 million) project (MEED 28:2:03).

Seven international consultants were competing for the contract, which is expected to be signed by the end of March. The FEED package will take two-three months to prepare, allowing for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to be tendered in the third quarter. The 24-27 month contract is due to be awarded by the end of the year.

The expansion involves adding 1 million tonnes a year (t/y) of cement capacity. The Umm Bab complex currently has capacity of 900,000 t/y of clinker and 1.4 million t/y of cement. The expansion is being undertaken to meet a projected surge in local cement demand as a result of an estimated $5,000 million programme to upgrade the state's infrastructure and Qatar Petroleum'scapital expenditure plan (Qatar, MEED Special Report, 7:3:03, page 40).

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