Prospective bidders for the work are understood to include India’s Dodsal, Descon Engineering of Pakistan, Gama of Turkey, Germany’s Dywidag and Saudi Binladin Group.

A further package, covering mechanical, electrical and instrumentation works, is expected to be issued for bid by the end of December.

Chiyoda was awarded in August the estimated $250 million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract. It calls for the construction of a 1 million-tonne-a-year methanol plant with associated utilities and offsite facilities. Commissioning of the plant is scheduled for late 2004.