Contractors are preparing to submit bids on key oil and gas projects as the 8 March deadline for the Al-Zour Refinery process packages and the Mina al-Ahmadi fifth gas train approaches.

The process packages for the Al-Zour refinery are known as packages one, two and three and have a total value of $9.6bn.

Packages four and five are for the tankage and marine facilities respectively. Bids for both schemes are currently under evaluation.

The construction of the $14bn Al-Zour New Refinery Project in the divided zone shared by Kuwait and Saudi Arabia is part of a wider push to overhaul the country’s refining sector, improving the quality and quantity of the refined products produced.

The $1.5bn Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) project fifth gas train at the Mina al-Ahmadi refinery also sees its bid submission deadline on 8 March.

In February, six Kuwaiti oil and gas packages worth a total of $11.6bn saw extensions to their bid deadlines, including the Al-Zour New Refinery Project packages and the fifth gas train.

These also included a $300m scheme to build a manifold to help transport liquids from oil wells to gathering centres 29, 30 and 21 in northern Kuwait and a $260m water treatment and injection plant,

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