The prospective bidders for the contract include JGC Corporationof Japan, France’s Technip, Italy’s Snamprogettiand South Korea’s LG Engineering & Construction. The US’ Bechtel, which completed the front-end engineering and design (FEED) package for the project in September, is also expected to bid for the EPC.

The main EPC package entails the installation of a new high conversion hydrocracker – under licence from the US’ Chevron Lummus Global– at Bapco’s 250,000-b/d Sitra refinery. Other packages include a 100 million-cubic-feet-a-day hydrogen unit, a purification unit, new sulphur recovery and sour water treatment facilities, and associated offsite infrastructure and utilities.

Bapco expects the LSDP project to reduce the level of sulphur in diesel produced at the 65-year-old refinery to 50 parts per million (ppm) from 7,500 ppm. The new unit is expected to go into operation by the second half of 2004 (MEED 14.9.01).