The bidders are understood to include: South Korea’s SK Engineering & Construction; Kellogg Brown & Rootof the US; Paris-based Technip; and Russia’s Technopromexport.

The 110,000-b/d refinery, located on the outskirts of Baghdad, requires a major overhaul. State Company for Oil Projects (SCOP)is tendering separately a contract for the installation of a 70,000-b/d crude distillation unit (CDU) at the refinery. Bids are due on 31 March.

SCOP, which is the oil and gas engineering arm of the Oil Ministry, is also working on the upgrade of Basra refinery (see Special Report, page 32). It has issued revised invitation to bid documents for the project to install a new isomerisation unit at the refinery. Only three companies responded to the original tender: the low turnout was attributed to a lack of detail on the contract’s scope. Contractors have expressed some concern at the high price of the new tender documents, which cost $10,000 each (MEED 23:1:04).