The first-phase contract involves only surface facilities and will take in pipeline work, pumping stations, storage and compressor stations. Only foreign contractors were invited for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract, but it is expected much of the work will be subcontracted to local companies.

Inpex’s local partner on the project is Naftiran Investment Company (Nico), the Jersey-based financing arm of National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC).