The local/Japanese Rabigh Refining & Petrochemical Company (Petro-Rabigh) has again delayed the award of the consultancy contract covering the second-phase expansion of its integrated refinery and petrochemical complex at Rabigh on the Red Sea coast.
The contract, which covers the front-end engineering and design and project management of the multi-billion-dollar expansion, was originally due to have been awarded by the already-postponed deadline of late June. However, the client is now understood to be looking at awarding the deal by October (MEED 27:5:08).
It is unclear why the client decided to delay the process further, but it is thought it now wants to complete its $10bn first phase before starting work on the design of the expansion.
Two contractors - Italy’s Tecnimont and Japan’s JGC Corporation - are competing for the consultancy deal.
The first phase of Petro-Rabigh is due to come on stream later this year. A joint venture of Saudi Aramco and Japan's Sumitomo Chemical Company, it is the first project in the region to integrate an existing refinery with a petrochemicals complex.
The second phase involves the expansion of the ethane cracker and aromatics complex, and the construction of at least 15 downstream chemical production plants (MEED 17:1:08).
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