Prices were originally submitted in late January. However, the client – a team of Japan’s JGC Corporation and the US’ Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) – invited fresh bids after reducing the construction period by three months. Under the new proposal, the contracts will take 36 months to complete.

The estimated $6,000 million Pearl GTL project calls for the construction of two 70,000-barrel-a-day trains. The first production unit is due to come on stream in 2009 and the second is scheduled for completion two years later. The JGC/KBR team is providing the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services for the synthesis core, utilities and infrastructure packages on the complex. A host of other EPC packages are being tendered directly by the Royal Dutch/Shell Group, the developer of Pearl GTL.