The local/European Abu Dhabi Polymers Company (Borouge) has extended the deadline for commercial submissions for its planned specialist plastics plant in Ruwais by a month.

Commercial bids for the estimated $200m engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract were originally expected on 25 November, but will now be submitted on 23 December, according to sources close to the project.

Borouge held a number of clarification meetings with bidding firms beginning on 28 November, following the submission of technical bids by four firms: The US’ Flour, South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering & Construction, UK-based Petrofac with US-based Jacobs, and Linde of Germany.

The winning firm will build a cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) plant as part of Borouge’s third-phase of expansion at its Ruwais petrochemicals complex in Abu Dhabi.

A consortium of Italy’s Tecnimont and South Korea’s Samsung Engineering submitted the low bid for two contracts to expand polyolefins and low-density polyethylene production in May. The two firms were prequalified for the XLPE deal, but declined to participate (MEED 21:5:10).

Raising total output to 4.5 million tonnes a year (t/y) of plastics, from about 2 million t/y, the expansion will make it one of the largest basic plastics facilities in the world.