Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic) and the US’ ExxonMobil Chemical are expecting commercial and technical bids for the $2bn Elastomers project in Saudi Arabia to be submitted in February, March and April.

“The submission dates are being spread out across a number of months to help both the contractors and the clients,” says a contracting source based in Saudi Arabia. “That is a normal procedure for projects this large.”

MEED reported in early January that the tenders for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts for the scheme had been issued (MEED 5:1:12).

The first two packages to be submitted are the Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE), and utilities and offsites. Bids for the MTBE have already been submitted, while the utilities package is due for 8 February.

These will be followed by the Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) and Polybutadiene Rubber (PBR) packages. Both packages have technical bid deadlines for 27 February with commercial bids a month later on 26 March.

The last two packages for the scheme are the Halobutyl Rubber Plant (HRP) and the Carbon Black Plant. Both are due for technical submissions on 12 March with commercial bids due for 9 April.

The companies bidding for EPC contracts for the two technical packages include:

  • CTCI Corporation (Taiwan)
  • Daelim Industrial Company (South Korea)
  • FosterWheeler (US)
  • GS Engineering & Construction Corporation (South Korea)
  • Hyundai Engineering & Construction (South Korea)
  • Saipem (Italy)
  • Samsung Engineering (South Korea)
  • SK Engineering & Construction (South Korea)
  • Technip (France)

When completed, the facility will produce about 400,000 tonnes a year (t/y) of carbon black, rubber and thermoplastic speciality polymers. The plant will use ExxonMobil technology and the products will be sold on local and international markets.

The scheme will be built at the Al-Jubail Petrochemical Company (Kemya) complex in the Eastern Province.