The applicants for prequalification are: the US’ Fluor Daniel, with Chiyoda Corporationof Japan and South Korea’s SK Engineering & Construction; the US’ Kellogg Brown & Root, with Japan’s JGC Corporation; Paris-based Technipwith the US’ Foster Wheeler; and US-based Bechtel.

Under the proposed bidding schedule, technical bids will be submitted by year-end, with commercial bids invited in January. Sonatrach plans to award the contract by the end of the first quarter next year.

The scheme involves the construction of a single LNG train to replace three trains destroyed by a series of explosions at the Skikda complex in January. The project will be financed mainly by the $500 million insurance pay-out Sonatrach received following the blasts, with the remaining costs funded by the company.

Algeria had LNG output of about 20 million t/y prior to the incident (MEED 10:9:04).