Five groups are prequalified for the technology supply and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract. They are: the US-based ABB Lummus Global, with Japan’s Toyo Engineering Corporation; US-based Kellogg Brown & Root, with Chiyoda Corporationof Japan; Stone & Websterof the US, with JGC Corporationof Japan; Paris-based Technip; and Germany’s Linde, with South Korea’s Samsung Engineering Corporation. However, it is still unclear whether all the prequalifiers will participate in the tender.

The package involves the construction of a 1.3 million-tonne-a-year (t/y) cracker. An ethylene pipeline, which will run from the plant to Mesaieed, will be tendered separately in mid-2004. The ethylene will feed new downstream petrochemical capacity planned by Q-Chem II and the local/French Qatofinventure in Mesaieed.