A contract award is expected by mid-November at the local Southern Province Cement Company (SPCC)for the turnkey project to build a new clinker plant at Al-Majardah, north of Abha.Five companies including Japan’s Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries (IHI), Denmark’s FL Smidthand companies from China, India and Turkey – all bidding in partnership with local contractors – are understood to have submitted revised bids for the project in late September. SPCC and the bidders are now holding final clarifications in Jeddah. The new plant will have capacity to produce 4,000 tonnes a day (t/d) of clinker. SPCC plans to implement the expansion in two phases over three years. Phase 1 sees the installation of clinker grinding and packaging facilities at the new site in the first half of 2005. Phase 2, which will be completed by the end of 2006, calls for the addition of a complete plant, including a 40-50-MW, diesel-fuelled captive power plant, desalination and sewage treatment units and related facilities. Until full completion, the new grinding facility will receive clinker feedstock from SPCC’s 7,000-t/d Jizan facility. India’s Holtecis the consultant on the scheme (MEED 27:8:04).