They are Japan’s JGC Corporation, the US’ Foster Wheeler, Paris-based Technip and the US’ KBR. Other consultants invited to prequalify declined because of heavy workloads elsewhere.

The two clients, Saudi Aramco and Japan’s Sumitomo Chemical Company, are expected to prequalify firms by the end of November, before issuing the tender soon after. An award is scheduled for early 2008. The project is estimated to be worth $10,000 million in its first phase (MEED 26.10.07).