The contract is one of the largest of its types ever tendered in the region, requiring at least 500,000 man hours of work Onshore, the Manifa project comprises four central

elements:

Manifa central processing facilities (MCPF), to handle 900,000 barrels a day (b/d) of Arabian Heavy crude, 120 million cubic feet a day of sour

gas, 50,000 b/d of condensate and 950,000 b/d of produced water.

Water supply system, to supply 1.75 million b/d of Wasia aquifer water to a water injection plant at Manifa. It will comprise six water supply drill sites with seven wells each, as well as electric submersible pumps, sand traps, and a corrosion inhibitor system;

Gas facilities at the Khursaniyah gas plant, in order to expand processing capacity to process the Manifa sour gas and condensates. Several new facilities will need to be built, including gas sweetening and sulphur recovery units, an inlet facility and a feed gas compressor;

Downstream pipelines and terminal facilities to transport the oil, condensates and gas from Manifa to Khursaniyah and the Juaymah export terminal. This will entail four new pipelines, ranging in length from 70-165 kilometres and 12-48 inches in diameter.

Work on all the onshore engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) packages is due to start by early 2008. Construction offshore is due to begin sooner. The bid deadline has been extended by a month to 21 November for the first construction package a 41-kilometre-long causeway providing access to drilling rigs. Commissioning is set for 2011 (MEED 8:9:06).