‘A lot of deadlines now fall together, making it very difficult for contractors to prepare all the relevant documents in time, especially as all this needs to be done during Ramadan,’ says an industry source. Despite the tight schedule, among the major local and some international contractors expected to bid for the projects include Arabian Bemco Contracting, National Contracting Company (NCC)and Al-Toukhi Contracting.

The Riyadh PP7 power plant calls for the addition of two gas turbines with capacity of at least 55 MW, while the Arar and Rafah power projects involve the addition of 100 MW and 50-60 MW of new generating capacity respectively. Bids are also due to be submitted on 10 November for contracts to expand the Asir station by 50-60 MW, the Bisha station by 100-120 MW and the Jizan power plant by 150-180 MW.

SEC is also pressing ahead with the preparation of tender documents for the expansion of Riyadh’s PP9 power station. Industry sources say requests for qualification (RFQs) could be invited as early as December. The project calls for the installation of at least one, but possibly two, combined cycle modules, with four 60-80 MW gas turbines.