Bemco has offered a price of $688 million for the fast-track contract, which is due to be executed within 28 months. The other bidders are National Contracting Company (NCC) at $850 million followed by the US’ General Electric at $872 million. Germany’s Siemens, which was prequalified, did not submit a proposal. The project calls for the construction of blocks C and D alongside the existing facility. The plant will run on 20 heavy crude-fired GE frame 7 turbines. The plant’s first 400 MW are due to be brought on line by mid-2006. The expansion will be the second in as many years at PP9. In May 2004, Bemco signed up for the SR 833 million ($222 million) contract to add 480 MW of generating capacity at block E, which was completed in less than eight months (MEED 14:5:04).