Saudi Aramco has received bids from contractors for its $880m-900m Uthmaniyah ethanol feed recovery project.

Contractors submitted engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) bids before the last week of June, according to sources familiar with the scheme.

The project involves the recovery of ethane, propane and natural gas liquids (NGLs) from sales gas at the plant site in the east of the kingdom.

Aramco tendered the EPC contract in March this year. The companies prequalified to bid were:

The Uthmaniyah gas plant will process associated gas produced from the Ghawar field – the largest-producing oil field in Saudi Arabia and the largest known field in the world based on reserves.

Aramco CEO Amin Nasser said in early March that the kingdom’s gas network now produces 12 billion cubic feet a day (cf/d) and there are plans to increase this to 23 billion cf/d.

Aramco’s projects at the Fadhili, Midyan and Wasit fields are set to add more than 5 billion cf/d of non-associated gas processing capacity.