Bids are due to be returned by 30 November for the civil and buildings subcontract on the Jubail methanol project planned by the local International Methanol Company, an affiliate of Saudi International Petrochemical Company. About six local and international contractors are expected to price the package, which will be placed by the main contractor, Japan's Chiyoda Corporation, with its local affiliate Chiyoda Petrostar (MEED 9:8:02).
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.
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