Three US firms bid for Equate II PMC tender

31 October 2003
Three US-based companies - Bechtel, Fluor Daniel and Foster Wheeler - submitted bids on 28 October for the post of project management consultant (PMC) for the new ethylene, ethylene derivative and ethyl benzene/styrene capacity planned at Shuaiba. A contract award is expected by the end of the year. The client is Equate II Petrochemical Company, which has as its shareholders the local Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC), the US' Dow Chemical Companyand local private investors (MEED 10:10:03).

The successful bidder will provide PMC services for an 850,000-tonne-a-year (t/y) ethane cracker, a 600,000-t/y ethylene glycol/ethylene oxide unit and 400,000 t/y of new polyethylene (PE) capacity. All the units will be built under the Equate II project and will be integrated into the existing Equate I complex.

In addition, the PMC contractor will look after the proposed 300,000-t/y ethyl benzene/styrene unit to be built by PIC and Dow. Ethylene for the new unit will be supplied by Equate II, while the benzene feedstock will be sourced from a new aromatics complex, planned by PIC on its own.

Commissioning of the new capacity is scheduled for early 2007.

The PMC contractor on Equate I was Fluor (MEED 5:8:94).

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