The bid deadline has been extended to 31 January for the upgrade of the 140,000-b/d Basra refinery. The project entails the installation of a new isomerisation unit at the plant.

Prospective bidders for both schemes are understood to include Paris-based Technip; Foster Wheeler, Kellogg Brown & Rootand Parsons International, all of the US; Germany’s Uhde, Italy’s Snamprogetti, South Korea’s SK Engineering & Construction; and Sharjah-based Petrofac International.