Internationals vie for Petro-Rabigh consultancy work

09 November 2007
Four international consultants have submitted prequalification applications for the joint front-end engineering and design and project management consultancy contract on the second-phase expansion of the Rabigh Refining & Petrochemical Company (Petro-Rabigh) integrated refinery and petrochemicals complex.

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).

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