Five companies are prequalified to bid for the contract. They are: France’s Alstom; Germany’s Siemens; Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), with Mitsubishi Corporation, both of Japan; Nichimen, with Sumitomo Corporation, also both of Japan; and a Japanese/local group comprising Mitsui & Company, Toshiba Corporationand Saudi Arabian Bemco.

Alstom in 1998 won the $835 million contract to install the first three turbines as part of stage 1 of the Shuaiba project. In 2001, Alstom signed up for the $414 million contract to install another two turbines, bringing total capacity of the power station to 1,900 MW. The plant is expected to have capacity in excess of 3,000 MW on completion of stage 2.

The consultant on the project is a team of the UK’s PB Powerwith the local Saudi Consulting Services (SaudConsult).