The estimated $50 million-60 million package covers the construction of more than 170 kilometres of crude and gas pipelines with diameters ranging from 24-48 inches and 150 kilometres of smaller-diameter lines to transport seawater. Aramco will supply the pipeline, while the successful contractor will procure all other materials.

The tender for the lump-sum turnkey (LSTK) contract is due to be released in November, with bids due at the end of December. Aramco, which has yet to give final approval for the funding of the project, plans to award the contract by the end of April.

Among companies understood to have expressed an interest in the project are A Hak Pijpleidingenof the Netherlands, Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC), Italy’s Saipem, the Netherlands’ Suedrohrbau,Italy-based Techint, the German office of Paris-based Technipand Turkey’s Tekfen.