Estimated to be worth $150 million-200 million, the scope of works for the contract includes the construction of two 1,100-t/d granulation units, a 11,000-tonne cylindrical liquid and solid storage tank, unloading pit and stations, transfer and unloading pumps, sulphur transfer conveyors, piping work and related facilities. Calgary-based Enersul Partnership is the nominated supplier of the new granulation units.

The contract will include the construction of a 300-metre-long, 12-metre-wide loading berth capable of handling 65,000-dwt Panamax vessels, the dredging of the access channel and turning basin and an export jetty. A tender is due to be issued by the summer, with a target date for completion of the facilities by 2008.

US-based Washington Group International (WGI) has carried out the front-end engineering and design (FEED) package. Mustang Engineering, also of the US, carried out an initial study for the expansion. Tebodin Middle East, part of Tebodin of the Netherlands, is the project management consultant (PMC).