About eight companies have been invited to bid for the EPC package. They include FCBof France, the main contractor for QNCC’s last expansion, Germany’s Polysius, Denmark’s FL Smidthand Ishikawajima Harima Heavy Industries (IHI), Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI)and Kobe Steel, all of Japan.

QNCC is expected to award the 24-27-month contract in the first quarter of 2004. The project consultant is Basse Sambre Eriof Belgium.