The front-end engineering and design (FEED) package for the phase 3 expansion of the plant was originally expected by contractors in November but has now been put back until early January.

Companies expected to bid for the project include the UK’s Mott McDonald and Italy’s Technip.

Under QP’s capital projects schedule, the FEED was originally expected to be completed by May 2008.

The engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning (EPIC) contract is timed to start in November 2008 and be complete by the end of 2011. All of these timelines are expected to now slip by a few months.

In October bids were submitted by four groups for the EPIC contract for the second part of the phase 2 expansion of the plant (MEED 19:10:07).