Technical bids have been submitted to the Royal Dutch/Shell Group for three major engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) packages on the estimated $7,000 million integrated Pearl gas-to-liquids (GTL) project at Ras Laffan (MEED 7:10:05).Three groups of companies submitted bids on 4 March for the C5 package, which is expected to be worth about $1,000 million. The bidders are: Spain’s Tecnicas Reunidas, with Italy’s Saipem; a UAE/South Korean team of Petrofac International, with Daewoo Engineering & Construction Company and GS Engineering & Construction; and Japan’s Toyo Engineering Corporation, with South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering & Construction Company. Commercial bids are due to be submitted on 5 April. C5 involves the construction of a liquid processing unit to incorporate a heavy paraffin converter, a synthetic crude distiller and related product splitters. Technical bids were also submitted on 4 March by three groups of companies for the C4 contract, covering a 1,600 million-cubic-feet-a-day feed gas processing facility. The bidders are: a team of Petrofac, with the US-based Black & Veatch and India’s Larsen & Toubro (L&T); Japan’s Chiyoda Corporation, with South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries Company; and Toyo, with Hyundai E&C. Commercial bids are due to be submitted on 19 April. Estimated to be worth $700 million-800 million, the C4 scope of works includes the supply and installation of slug catchers and condensate stabilisers as well as facilities for condensate treatment, removal of acid gas, sulphur recovery and natural gas liquids (NGL) extraction and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) treatment units. Three groups of companies also submitted technical bids in mid-February for the air separation units (ASU) package, worth $800 million-1,000 million. They are: Germany’s Linde; France’s Air Liquide, with L&T; and Chicago Bridge & Iron (CB&I), with Air Products, both of the US. Commercial bids are due to be submitted on 4 April. The C2 package covers the construction of eight ASUs to deliver 28,800 tonnes a day of oxygen. JGC Corporation of Japan, with the US’ Halliburton KBR, which has carried out the front-end engineering and design (FEED) work for all packages, is the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contractor for the synthesis core, utilities and infrastructure packages on the complex. Pearl GTL calls for the construction of two 70,000-barrel-a-day trains. The first production unit is due to come on stream in 2009 and the second is scheduled for completion about a year later.