The consortium is understood to have approached a number of international contractors for the PMC contract, including Australia’s WorleyParsons, and Fluor Corporation and Foster Wheeler, both of the US. Negotiations are at an advanced stage with an unidentified Chinese company to come in as a partner on the project and secure a long-term offtake agreement. The consortium is also understood to be in talks with potential Indian and European partners to take a stake in the planned downstream venture. The scheme is still in its early stages, but will gather pace once approval is given for the olefins project, which will provide much of the feedstock.