China’s Sinoma International is understood to have been selected for the estimated $400 million-500 million turnkey contract to expand the Saudi Cement Company (SCC)plant at Hofuf. Construction is expected to take about 30 months.

Under the terms of the contract, Sinomawill install two 10,000-tonne-a-day clinker lines. Two other groups – Denmark’s FL Smidthwith Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC), and Germany’s Polysius – priced the work when bids were submitted earlier in June (MEED 29:7:05).

The contract is Sinoma’s third major award in the kingdom: in March, it won the contract to build the grassroots plant being promoted by Riyadh Cement Company; and in October 2004 it was awarded the estimated $240 million turnkey contract to build a new clinker plant at Al-Majardah, north of Abha, for the local Southern Province Cement Company (SPCC – MEED 1:4:05; 29:10:04).

The consultants on the SCC project are India’s Holtecand Austroplan Austrian Engineering.