Contractors that collectively won over a $1bn worth of contracts from Saudi Aramco to build pipelines at the oil giant’s Haradh gas compression plants (GCP), are to enter the procurement phase of their work schedules.

MEED reported last month that Aramco awarded engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts for three pipeline packages as part of the Haradh GCP megaproject.

“The formal contracts have been awarded. The firms are now set to start procurement,” a source close to the project told MEED.

China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Corporation won the North Haradh GCP deal, Italy’s Saipem bagged the South Haradh GCP job, while Turkey’s Tekfen Construction scooped the Satellite Haradh GCP prize.

Saipem and Tekfen have officially confirmed winning their respective contracts.

“The feed [front-end engineering and design] team and the contractors (for the respective packages) are having regular meetings. Work is well underway,” the source said.

The source added that construction work on the packages is still a while away, and will likely only begin in the first quarter of 2019.

Australia-based engineering firm WorleyParsons has done the feed work on the project.

The main scope of the packages is to build a pipeline network that would connect the several plants in the three clusters of the Haradh GCP project.

The combined length of the pipelines is understood to be 2,800 kilometres, with each of the three packages accounting for about 900km.