The prequalifiers are Paris-based Technip, Cyprus-based Joannou & Paraskevaides (J&P), Spain’s Tecnicas Reunidas, Engineering for the Petroleum & Process Industries (Enppi) of Egypt, Techint and Saipem, both of Italy, and Hyundai Engineering & Construction Company, Samsung Engineering Company and Daelim Industrial Company, all of South Korea.

Estimated to be worth $700 million-1,000 million, the contract calls for the construction of a 100,000-barrel-a-day GOSP, a gas gathering and compression complex, a gas dehydration unit and water injection facilities. The contract will also include the revamp of the existing crude and gas pipelines and pumping stations.

The successful international company will carry out the contract along with a local partner. Sixty per cent of the project work, which will include engineering and procurement, will be undertaken out-of-kingdom; the remaining 40 per cent work, involving construction, will be implemented in-kingdom.

Bids are due to be submitted by 29 July for the first LSTK package, covering pipelines and related works. Thirteen local and international companies are prequalified to bid for the contract, which covers the installation of more than 150 kilometres of gas and crude oil pipelines.

A team of Australia’s Clough Group with Houston-based S&B Engineers & Constructors and local firms Al-Bilad and Zuhair Fayez Partnership Consultants has prepared the front-end engineering and design (FEED) package.