The latest onshore EPC packages to be issued for bid are:

C1, covering the plant office buildings. Five companies are prequalified to submit technical bids by 1 December and commercials by 26 February. The prequalifiers are: the local Al-Huda Engineering Works; Germany’s Bilfinger Bergerwith the UAE’s Al-Hamed Development & Construction; the local Construction Development Company (CDC); Austria’s Strabag; and Japan’s Taisei Corporation;

C2, air separation units. Technical bids are due on 4 January and commercials on 23 February. The prequalifiers are US-based Chicago Bridge & Iron; Germany’s Linde; and France’s Air Liquidewith India’s Larsen & Toubro;

C8, water treatment plant. Technical bids are due in early February from a French/local joint venture of Degremont, Ondeoand Teyseer Contracting Company; US-based Earthtech; France’s OTVwith the UAE’s Al-Jaber Group; and Japan’s Toyo Engineering Corporation.

The two site contracts issued are:

Material offloading facility. Technical and commercial bids are due on 9 November. The prequalifiers are: Geneva-registered Archirodon Construction (Overseas); India’s Afcons; the Bilfinger/Al-Hamed team; South Africa’s Murray & Roberts Contractors (Middle East); Turkey’s STFA; and France’s Vinci Construction;

Site preparation. Three companies are prequalified to bid by 22 October. They are: the local Aljaber Engineering; the local/Omani Galfar Al-Misnad Engineering & Contracting; and Qatar Dredging Company.

Bidding is well under way for the two offshore packages. Technical bids were submitted on 8 October for the pipeline package by South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries, Italy’s Saipemand Jebel Ali-based J Ray McDermott (Middle East). Commercials bids are due in early November. For the other offshore package, covering platforms, technical bids went in on 1 October.

Pearl GTL, being developed by the Royal Dutch/Shell Group, centres on the construction of two 70,000 barrel-a-day gas-to-liquid (GTL) trains.