The contract is the first of three packages to expand production from the central Oman gas fields by 20 million cubic metres a day (cm/d) to 60 million cm/d. PDO is expected to invite prequalified companies to bid in the fourth quarter for the remaining two packages, which involve the construction of a 48-inch-diameter gas pipeline tying into the existing infrastructure to link Saih Nihayda with the liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant at Sur, and a gas booster station (Oman, MEED Special Report, 26:4:02, pages 33-34).