Estimated to be worth $200 million-250 million, the contract will also include the construction of a gas-gathering network and related facilities. Companies interested in bidding for the contract are understood to include Paris-based Technip and the US’ Chicago Bridge & Iron (CB&I). Technip has carried out the front-end engineering and design (FEED) package for the plant. The facility is due to be completed by May 2009.

In late 2005, Yemgas a three-member consortium comprising Technip, Japan’s JGC Corporation and the US’ Kellogg Brown & Root was awarded the main plant EPC contract. It covers two LNG trains with combined capacity of 6.7 million tonnes a year. The start-up of train 1 is due at the end of 2008; train 2 will come on stream by mid-2009. The local Hawk International Finance & Construction Company has the contract to install the 38-inch, 320-kilometre pipeline linking Marib to Bal Haf.