At least seven firms are thought to have received invitations on 2 June, including Italy’s Snamprogetti, Paris-based Technip, the US’ Bechtel, Japan’s JGC Corporation and GS Engineering & Construction, Hyundai Engineering & Construction Company and SK Engineering & Construction, all of South Korea.

Six subcontractors have also prequalified, including Daelim Industrial Company, Daewoo Engineering & Construction and Samsung Engineering, all of South Korea, Taiwan-based CTCI, and Foster Wheeler and CB&I of the US.

US-based Jacobs Engineering with Beicip of France undertook the pre-front-end engineering and design (FEED) package, while the FEED and project management contractor is Technip (MEED 22:9:07).

QP expects to award the deal for the lump-sum turnkey contract by November (MEED 17:3:08).

The 250,000-barrel-a-day refinery will produce distillates, bitumen and green coke.