The invitees include Australias WorleyParsons, and Foster Wheeler, Jacobs Engineering, Bechtel and Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR), all of the US. A contract award is due by late November. The successful bidder will prepare the FEED package out of kingdom; PMC services will be provided in-kingdom.

Onshore, the project will entail the construction of a 170 million-cubic-feet-a day (cf/d) gas processing unit and gas-oil separation plants (GOSPs), crude stabilisation units and separators to handle 900,000 barrels a day (b/d) of Arabian Heavy crude, 120 million cf/d of sour gas, 50,000

b/d of condensate and 950,000 b/d of produced water. It will include the construction of facilities for the reinjection of 1.35 million b/d of water. In addition, four main pipelines are to be installed.

The estimated $9,000 million Manifa programme the largest offshore oil field development undertaken by Aramco will be completed by 2011.