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.