Invited consultants include Saudi Consulting Services (SaudConsult), Germany’s Fichtner and National Engineering Services of Pakistan (Nespak). In addition to the design, the successful bidder will prepare tender documents, which are expected to be issued to prequalified firms in 2007. The plant construction contract will be let on an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis.

Several other SEC projects are under development. Prices are due to be opened soon for the expansion of the Tabuk facility, and bids are due by the end of July for a new 250-MW power station at Jizan. Nespak is also working on the design of a further extension to the PP3 plant in Jeddah.