The bid deadline for the main engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the Mina al-Ahmadi refinery’s fifth gas fractionation train has been pushed back to 3 March in Kuwait in its third extension since the end of November.

The project has been tendered by state downstream operator Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) and has an estimated price tag of $1.5bn.

A number of EPC contractors bidding on the projects received emails from KNPC informing them of the delay earlier this week.

The fifth gas train will increase Kuwait’s gas production capacity to 805 million cubic feet a day (cf/d) as well as boosting capacity for condensate.

The following companies are prequalified to bid for the contract:

Most of the gas processed by the facility will be associated gas from oil fields in Kuwait’s north and southeast.

KOC is looking to reduce its flared gas to less than 1 per cent of all associated gas.

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