Interested contractors have until 28 July to submit applications for the estimated $70-100m lump-sum engineering, procurement and construction contract. Tender documents for the contract should be released soon after.

KOTC first issued a prequalification notice for the scheme in 2006. It is unclear why the project was delayed or why the shortlisting process is starting afresh (MEED 10:3:06).

The LPG filling facility will comprise up to six LPG storage tanks, LPG pumps and compressor stations, truck-loading facilities and a 12-cylinder filling hall with three lines, with filling capacity of 1,600 cylinders an hour. The total plot area covers more than 150,000 square metres.

A subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC), KOTC is responsible for the international transportation of Kuwaiti crude. It also has the franchise for the marketing and distribution of LPG within the state.