Nine international companies and groups are understood to have been prequalified to bid by 7 June for the two main packages on the estimated $11,000 million onshore Khurais crude increment programme (MEED 24:3:06).Six companies and groups have been shortlisted for the first package, covering the construction of crude inlet facilities to process about 1.3 million barrels of wet and sour crude, and four gas-oil separation plants (GOSPs).They are: the US’ Bechtel, Chiyoda Corporation and JGC Corporation, both of Japan, Paris-based Technip, Italy’s Snamprogetti, and an Italian/Spanish joint venture of Techint and Dragados. Nine are prequalified for the second package, covering the central gas processing facilities. They are the same six as on the inlet crude tender, plus Canada’s SNC Lavalin, Italy’s Saipem, and a US/South Korean joint venture of Foster Wheeler Corporation and Hyundai Engineering & Construction Company. The contract centres on the construction of two processing trains, three sulphur recovery trains, a tank farm, four flares and two natural gas liquids (NGL) spheres. Not all contractors are expected to participate in the tenders.