The two companies that submitted offers for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract are France’s Alstom and a Japanese group of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) with Mitsubishi Corporation. Five companies were originally prequalified by SEC to bid for the contract.

Industry sources say SEC is likely to accept the two proposals although its corporate internal guidelines require a minimum of three companies to bid for new contracts.

The Shouaiba stage 2 project calls for the supply and installation of three additional turbines, with a total capacity of 1,050 MW, at the power station. Alstom in 1998 and 2001 was awarded two contracts – worth $835 million and $414 million respectively – for the installation of five turbines with total capacity of about 1,900 MW.

The consultant on the project is a team of the UK’s PB Power with the local Saudi Consulting Services (SaudConsult).