The new plant will have a capacity of 25,500 cubic metres a day (cm/d) and is to run alongside the existing 12,000-cm/d facility. The bidders for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract are understood to include one UK company, one Spanish company, one US company and four Japanese companies. A tender has also been issued for a pipeline between the new plant and the industrial city.

The project consultant is the local Bushnak Group, a 20 per cent stakeholder in Kindasa. The company’s other shareholders are the Abdullatif Jameel Groupand Saudi Industrial Services Company (Sisco), both local, which hold stakes of 50 per cent and 30 per cent respectively. Kindasa plans in a further stage of its development to raise production by another 25,000 cm/d upon completion of this project.