Three other bids were submitted for the contract in mid December by France’s Alstom, Germany’s Siemensand the US’ GE Power. The other bids are understood to have been significantly higher than that of MHI. The consultant is the US’ Foster Wheeler.

Aramco’s Berri expansion is the first part of a wider power generation enhancement campaign, which is to be mainly carried out on a private basis. Developers have been asked to bid in late February for four independent power plants (IPPs) at Juaimah, Shedgum, Ras Tanoura and Uthmaniya. Bids are also due on 1 February for a build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) desalination plant for the Rabigh refinery (MEED 10:1:03).