Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (Kipic), the downstream arm of state-owned Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC), has announced that it is planning to tender a contract for operational and maintenance services for its liquefied natural gas import (LNGI) facility, which will be located in the Al-Zour petrochemicals complex.

In a statement, it said six companies have already prequalified to bid for the contract.

According to Kipic, these are:

  • Hellenic Gas Transmission System Operator (Greece)
  • Tokyo Gas Engineering Solutions Corporation (Japan) / JGC Corporation (Japan)
  • Korea Gas Corporation (South Korea)
  • Osaka Gas Company (Japan) / Toyo Gas Company (Japan) / Toyo Engineering Corporation (Japan)
  • Regnosa Services / Teekay Marine Solution (Canada) / Enagas International (Spain)

Kuwait’s Central Agency for Public Tenders (CAPT) has given other companies up to 30 days to request to be considered for prequalification and submit documents.

The main contract for the LNG terminal was awarded in 2016 to a consortium of South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering Company, Hyundai Engineering & Construction Company and Korea Gas Corporation for $2.93bn.

The LNG import terminal is being built to meet domestic demand for fuel and is expected to start operations in 2020.

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