Marafiq invites bids for $1.5bn power plant
Al Khobar, July 15, 2010
Saudi Arabian utility Marafiq has invited international firms to bid to build a $1.5 billion, 850 megawatt steam power plant in the Red Sea port of Yanbu.
The plant, to be fired with heavy fuel-oil or Arab light crude as a backup, one of the sources said, is part of the leading crude exporter's drive to increase power generation to keep pace with rising industrial demand, said a report in our sister publication, the Gulf Daily News.
Those invited to bid for the main power package include Germany's Siemens, Spain's Tecnicas Reunidas, and Italy's Saipem and US engineering company Bechtel, sources said.
Asian companies in the running are South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries Company, Samsung Engineering, Hanwha Engineering and Construction Company and Daelim Industrial, said sources.
Saudi-based Bemco is also a contender.
The deadline for bids for this main package is November 3, according to industry sources.
The work is also divided into three other packages, each with a different closing date for bids.
Set up in 2000, Marafiq's main shareholders are state oil giant Saudi Aramco, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation, the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu and state-run the Public Investment Fund. –TradeArabia News Service