KJO invited fresh prices after bids submitted originally in late October came in above budget. Called the Hout field expansion facilities, the estimated $150 million-200 million engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) contract involves the construction of two large storage tanks, a buffer tank, pumping stations and flowlines. The facilities will take 30 months to complete. Japan’s Toyo Engineering Corporationhas carried out the front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract.

In September, KJO awarded the first major onshore contract to Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC)(MEED 16:9:05). Bids are due to be submitted by 28 November for a six-year workover programme involving the drilling of rigs and exploration drilling using jack-up rigs.