Sharq has invited teams of cracker technology providers and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors to submit technical proposals by the end of January, with commercial offers due a month later. The ethane/propane cracker will have design capacity of 1.4 million tonnes a year (t/y).

The expected groups of bidders are: ABB Lummus Global, with Italy’s Snamprogetti; US-based Shaw International, with Taiwan’s CTCI; US-based Kellogg Brown & Root, with Japan’s Chiyoda Corporation; Germany’s Linde, with South Korea’s Samsung Engineering Corporation; and Paris-based Technip.

Sharq, an affiliate of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic), has appointed US-based Foster Wheelerto carry out project management consultancy (PMC) and front-end engineering and design (FEED) services for all units except for the cracker, which will be handled by the winner of the EPC and technology contract (MEED 27:8:04).