Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) has invited companies to submitting engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) bids for the expansion of the Sitra refinery in Bahrain.
Companies have been set a deadline of 5 October to submit bids for the project, which is expected to cost about $5bn.
The Bapco Modernisation Programme (BMP) aims to rehabilitate the refinery as well as increase capacity to 360,000 barrels a day (b/d) from 267,000 to b/d. This will be achieved by integrating several units into the existing refinery, WorleyParsons said.
Earlier this year Bapco asked companies to express interest in being first-tier bidders for the tender. The first-tier bidders then formed consortiums with other companies. According to Reuters, consortiums planning to bid are:
- JGC Corp (Japan)/GS Engineering & Construction (South Korea)
- Technip (France) / Tecnicas Reunidas (Spain) / Samsung Engineering (South Korea)
- Fluor (US) / Hyundai Engineering & Construction (South Korea) / Daewoo Engineering & Construction (South Korea)
- CB&I (US) / Petrofac (UK)
Bapco awarded the project management consultancy (PMC) contract for the scheme to Australia-based WorleyParsons in December in a deal worth about $87m.
In October 2014, Bapco awarded a $100m-plus contract to US-based Chevron Lummus Global to carry out design and engineering work on Sitra refinery.
The company, a joint venture between the US CB&I Lummus and Chevron, will also license its technologies for residue hydrocracking and vacuum gasoil hydrocracking units as part of the refinerys modernisation programme.
A month earlier, Bapco had awarded Frances Technip a $55m front-end engineering and design (feed) contract for the refinerys residue conversion unit (RCU).