The bidders are: US-based CB&I; UK-based Skanska Whessoe, with MW Kellogg, also UK-based; Italy’s Saipem, with US-based Foster Wheeler; and the UK’s AMEC, with France’s Sofregaz. Commercial prices are due to go in on 11 August. Kellogg has prepared the front-end engineering and design (FEED) package for the terminal.

Bidding is also under way for the EPC contract covering the two new trains at Ras Laffan on the Qatargas II scheme. Prospective bidders are: Japan’s Chiyoda Corporation, with Paris-based Technip; and Japan’s JGC Corporation, with US-based Kellogg Brown & Root. The contract covers construction of the 7.8 million-t/y train 1, with train 2, of similar size, as an option (MEED 30:4:04).

The $11,000 million Qatargas II project calls for the delivery of 15.6 million t/y of LNG into the UK, with first deliveries starting in late 2007. Qatargas II is a 70:30 joint venture between Qatar Petroleumand ExxonMobil Corporation of the US.