The work was placed by the Italian/Korean consortium of Snamprogetti and Hyundai Engineering & Construction Company, which won the $3.2bn main engineering, procurement and construction contract last year.

CB&I along with Germany’s Uhde was the original contractor on the Qafco 5 scheme when it was first awarded in 2006. However issues over the conversion of the two contracts to lump-sum deals resulted in both of them being cancelled.

Qafco 5 involves the construction of two ammonia plants with a total capacity of 4,600 tonnes a day (t/d) and a urea plant with a capacity of 3,850 t/d.

The work also includes a 167-MW captive power plant, ship-loading facilities, an air separation facility, a desalination plant and an effluent water treatment unit. Commissioning is set for January 2011 (MEED 13:11:07).