The work is likely to be split into three packages, with companies teaming up to compete for the contracts to mitigate risk. Under the proposed bidding schedule, invitation to bid documents for the EPC packages are expected to be issued in the first quarter of 2006, with bid deadlines set for July. The client says it hopes to make awards two months later.

The refinery is expected to come on stream in 2010. Procurement of long-lead items has begun, and licensors for the various processing units have already been selected.

The Houston office of the US’ Fluor Corporationis working on the front-end engineering and design (FEED) and is the scheme’s project manager. The US’ Foster Wheelercarried out the feasibility study (MEED 8:5:05; 12:11:04).