Companies have been given until mid January to respond to the invitation, which was sent out on 26 December. KOC is expected to draw up a new list of prequalifiers by the end of January. The EPC package is due to be issued for bid by the end of the first quarter.

The EPC contract, estimated to be worth KD 270 million ($880 million), will include construction of 17 storage tanks, each with a capacity of 500,000 barrels, and a booster plant. It will also entail the installation of five 20-kilometre gravity lines, three 20-25-kilometre submarine pipelines, and an offshore booster station. Other elements include the installation of three calm buoys, telemetry works and construction of an administration building (MEED 16:2:01).

The US’ Parsons Engineering Corporationhas carried out the front-end engineering and design (FEED) work for the scheme.

The project is targeted for completion by the third quarter of 2005, by which time KOC plans to have added 1.5 million barrels a day to its current production capacity (MEED 18:5:01).