About four engineering companies are set to be prequalified. A full tender is expected to be issued by the end of the year, with engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) bids likely to be invited in the first quarter of 2005.

The estimated $1,500 million-2,000 million Mukhaizna project involves drilling about 1,500 wells and construction of about 60-100 steam plants, with the aim of boosting production to 60,000-80,000 barrels a day (b/d) by 2010, from about 15,000 b/d.

It is one of several enhanced oil recovery (EOR) schemes under way by PDO to increase dwindling output (Oman, MEED Special Report, 28:5:04, page 30).