November 26, 2009 / 2:51 PM / 8 years ago

Aramco, Conoco set Feb refinery unit bids deadline

KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Saudi Aramco and U.S. firm ConocoPhillips (COP.N) have set a Feb. 28 deadline for bids for a solids unit at their joint 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) Yanbu refinery, industry sources said on Thursday.

The refinery is part of top oil exporter Saudi Arabia's plans to double total domestic and international refining capacity by 2015.

There are 11 engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) packages for the Yanbu refinery. Aramco and Conoco told contractors they would have to submit their proposals by Jan. 31 for five other EPC packages that include a coking unit, a crude facility, a gasoline unit, a hydrocracker and a tank farm.

The companies aim to award all contracts in May 2010. They aim to complete building the refinery by March 1, 2014.

Below is a list of companies bidding for the solids handling package, according to sources at contractors:

-Japan's JGC Corp (1963.T)

-Italy's Saipem (SPMI.MI)

-UK's Petrofac Ltd (PFC.L)

-Argentina's Techint

-South Africa's Senet

-ThyssenKrupp Robins (TKAG.DE)

-Flsmidth (FLS.CO)

-South Korea's Daelim Industrial Company 00210.KS

Aramco and Conoco awarded in August U.S. firm KBR Inc (KBR.N) an engineering and procurement contract for utilities and interconnecting systems and pipe racks at the refinery. [ID:nN05275584]

KBR has also completed the front-end engineering and design of the refinery. (Reporting by Reem Shamseddine; Editing by Sue Thomas) ((reem.shamseddine@thomsonreuters.com; +971 43918301; Reuters Messaging: reem.shamseddine.reuters.com@reuters.net))

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