The 120-kilometre pipeline will take about 15 months to build. The scheme is estimated to cost $80 million-$90 million.

The proposed pipeline will be designed to carry liquid sulphur from Habshan to Ruwais. At present, sulphur produced from the first and second phases of the onshore gas development scheme and other projects are transported by truck. A conceptual study for the proposed pipeline was carried out by the US’ Bechtel Corporation.

US-based VECO is the project management consultant on the proposed project. The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract will be tendered in the second quarter of 2003.