Bidding groups are beginning to form for the EPC contract. Paris-based Techniphas teamed up with the local Oil Industries Engineering Company (OIEC), while the local Bonyad Mostazafonis with Russia’s Gazpromand South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industriesis with the UK office of Foster Wheeler. Several other companies, including Norway’s Statoil, South Korea’s Daewoo Engineering & Construction, Japan’s JGC Corporationand the local Petropars, are also understood to be looking at the project.

Pars Oil & Gas Company (POGC) has stipulated that each consortium must comprise at least three companies.

Phases 15 and 16 will in scope closely resemble phases 4 and 5, now under development by a team led by Italy’s Agip. It will produce 50 million cubic metres a day of treated gas for domestic use, 1 million tonnes a year (t/y) of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for export, 80,000 barrels a day of condensates, also for export, and 1 million t/y of ethane for use in local petrochemical projects. The project will be 85 per cent financed by buyers’ credit.