An award is expected by the end of January for the 1.4 million-tonne-a-year (t/y) cracker contract. The bidders are Germany’s Linde; Italy’s Snamprogetti, with US-based ABB Lummus Global; and the US-based Shaw Group, with the local Al-Jaber Energy Services (MEED 25:8:06).At least two companies, including the US’ Fluor Corporation and Italy’s Tecnimont, are competing for the polyolefins package, which covers the construction of two PP units with combined capacity of 800,000 t/y and an enhanced PE plant with capacity of 540,000 t/y. Commercial offers are due by year-end. All three units will utilise Borstar technology developed by Vienna-based Borealis, Borouge’s foreign shareholder. For the O&U contract, invited companies are Spain’s Tecnicas Reunidas, US-based Bechtel, Fluor and a three-strong grouping of Linde, Tecnimont and Engineers India (EIL MEED 6:10:06).