State-refiner Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) has extended the deadline for technical and commercial bids by a month to 28 December for an estimated $1.2bn deal to design and build a new liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tank at the Mina al-Ahmadi refinery in southern Kuwait.

Bids were originally due on 28 November. Sources close to the scheme say further extensions are likely, since KNPC has made a number of additions to the project’s scope.

KNPC prequalified nine firms for the deal in August, and another three in October including:

  • Daelim Industrial (South Korea)
  • Daewoo Engineering & Construction (South Korea)
  • GS Engineering & Construction (South Korea)
  • Hanwha Engineering & Construction (South Korea) and Oyster Progetti (Italy)
  • Hyundai Engineering & Construction (South Korea)
  • Hyundai Heavy Industries (South Korea)
  • Petrofac International (UK)
  • Saipem (Italy)
  • Samsung Engineering (South Korea)
  • Samsung C&T Corporation (South Korea)
  • Sinopec Engineering (China)
  • SK Engineering & Construction (South Korea)

Front-end engineering and design (Feed) work for the LPG tank deal was completed this year by the UK’s Amec.

The winning firm will demolish the existing LPG tank farm and replace it with a larger capacity tank farm in the northern area of the refinery, which will be integrated with the existing south area tank farm, as well as revamping the refinery’s LPG export lines.

The facility will store LPG from KNPC’s fourth gas fractionating column, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2013. The facility will separate associated gas produced in the north and southeast of the country into its basic components. (MEED 15:6:10).