A joint venture of South Korea’s Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction, Germany’s Siemens and the local Alghanim International General Trading & Contracting is the only other bidder, with an offer of KD 276 million ($952 million).

The scope of works on the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract involves the construction of a gas-fired combined cycle plant as well as the provision of operations and maintenance over a fixed period. The plant’s precise generation capacity was not stipulated by the tender documents, released last October, but it is understood the GE group proposed an export capacity of 1,330 MW, against a proposal of 1,450 MW submitted by the Doosan/Siemens group (MEED 14:10:05).

International contractors are preparing to bid by 25 April for the 2,500-MW Al-Zour north power plant project. Five of the seven prequalified groups recently attended a pre-tender meeting. They are: Paris-based Alstom; US-based Bechtel; the US’ Fluor Corporation, with Siemens, Hyundai and Alghanim; the US’ Shaw Group, with Mitsui & Company and Toshiba Corporation, both of Japan; and the US’ Washington Group, with Doosan and Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC – MEED 13:1:06).