Six international companies submitted bids by the 10 December deadline. KBR is followed by another US firm, Fluor Daniel, which bid KD 36.4 million ($117.2 million) for area 1 and KD 39.4 million ($126.8 million) for area 2.

The US’ Parsons Engineering Corporation is currently providing PMC services for all KOC projects under an estimated $45 million-50 million contract awarded in late 2001. The contract is due to expire on 13 June. KOC has the option to award the new five-year contracts together or separately (MEED 30:11:01).

KOC plans several new projects, including the construction of a 11.4 million-barrel oil storage and export facility at Ahmadi and a new gas gathering centre with capacity of at least 200,000 barrels a day in the north (Kuwait, MEED Special Report, 28:6:02; 17:5:02).