Six to bid for Berri power

24 January 2003
Six international companies have been invited to bid by late February for the main package on the project to expand power capacity at the Berri gas plant. The client, Saudi Aramco, has already selected Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI)to supply the turbines, which will be assigned to the successful bidder (MEED 17:1:03).

Prospective bidders for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract are Japan's JGC Corporation, Italy's Snamprogetti, Paris-based Technip-Coflexip, Canada's SNC Lavalin, Spain's Tecnicas Reunidasand the Electricity Supply Board of Ireland (ESBI)with the local/Irish Saudi Arabian Kentz.

The project will involve the installation of a 240-MW plant with two turbines, which MHI is to supply as a long-lead item. The consultant is the US' Foster Wheeler.

Aramco power facilities are being upgraded across the kingdom. The bid deadline for four independent power projects (IPPs) planned at other gas plants has been extended to late April. Prospective bidders for that project include the local AH al-Zamil Groupwith France's Air Liquide, Occidental Powerand ChevronTexaco, both of the US, the UK's International Powerwith Saudi Oger, SNC Lavalin, Saudi Petrogas and a Japanese consortium comprising MHI, Mitsui & Companyand JGC (MEED 15:11:02).

Aramco has also tendered another two power projects involving the upgrade of facilities at Riyadh and Yanbu (see story, left).

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