Commercial bids from four inter-national groups were submitted earlier this year for the main engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract (MEED 16:1:08).

Contractors have now been asked whether they are interested in bidding for a retendered contract. Osos hopes to award the contract by the end of 2008.

The original bidding contractors were Oslo-based Aker Kvaerner with China’s Sinopec, and GS Engineering & Construction, Samsung Engineering Company and Hanwha Engineering & Construction, all of South Korea. Most of the firms are understood to be interested in the retender.

To keep costs down, Osos is understood to have modified the scope of the project, including a change of output from some of the process units.