Smelter power island down to two

16 September 2005
The contest to build the Sohar aluminium power island has narrowed, after the client invited two bidders to attend meetings in mid-September. South Korea's Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Companyand Paris-based Alstom Powerwere the low bidders for the estimated $450 million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract when about five bids were submitted in July. The smelter project is being promoted by Sohar Aluminium Company, a joint venture of Oman Oil Company (OOC), Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority and Canada's Alcan (MEED 5:8:05).

Other bidders for the contract, which will have capacity of about 600 MW, include South Korea's Hyundai Engineering & Construction Company, Canada's SNC Lavalinwith the US' GE Power Systemsand Germany's Siemens. The consultant for the power island is the UK's Mott MacDonald.

In late July, the US' Bechtelsigned the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract for the smelter, which will have initial capacity of 326,000 tonnes a year.

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