Awards are due to be made imminently on the two main process packages at the multi-billion-dollar National ChevronPhillips (NCP) olefins complex in Jubail, following the submission of final revised prices in mid-October.Three international contractors are actually bidding for the engineering, procurement and construction contract to build the ethylene cracker. They are Italy’s Snamprogetti, Japan’s JGC Corporation and South Korea’s Samsung Engineering Company. The shortlist for the polyolefins package, covering four main units that will produce polyethylene, polypropylene, hexane-1 and polystyrene, is understood to be down to South Korea’s Daelim Industrial Company and Italy’s Tecnimont. Both deals will be awarded on a cost-reimbursable basis with a mandatory conversion to a lump-sum turnkey basis during the engineering process. This is aimed at avoiding the difficulties clients and contractors face in agreeing cost estimates for the execution phase. Parsons E&C, part of Australia’s WorleyParsons, is the front-end engineering and design and offsites and utilities contractor.