Bids in for Jeddah PP3

28 March 2003
Four companies submitted bids by 22 March to Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) for the Jeddah PP3 power plant expansion project. The project is part of a broad capacity enhancement programme being carried out by SEC across the kingdom (MEED 10:1:03).

The bidders for the estimated $200 million-300 million contract are: the local Arabian Bemco Contracting; National Construction Company (NCC), also local; Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC), with Canada's SNC Lavalin; and France's Alstom, with Geneva-registered Archirodon Construction (Overseas).

The Jeddah PP3 expansion will involve the installation of eight units of 60-80 MW at an auxiliary plant. Industry sources say bid evaluation is expected to take two-four months and will be followed by the opening of prices.

Bid evaluation is ongoing for two other contracts to expand SEC power stations. Bemco is the low bidder on the estimated $75 million contract to add 120 MW to the Tabuk power station (MEED 28:2:03).

For the Arar power project, which involves the addition of four 25-30-MW combustion gas turbines to the existing six units, NCC is low bidder at SR 320 million ($85.3 million - MEED 10:1:03).

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