Industry sources say foreign firms in frame to build new units at Saudi petrochemical and refining complex
Saudi Arabia's PetroRabigh has received bids from up to six foreign engineering companies for the construction of new units at its petrochemical and refining complex in Rabigh, industry sources said.
PetroRabigh, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Japan's Sumitomo Chemical, announced plans for the new units in October last year.
It said tenders would involve building a polyether polyols plant with annual capacity of 220,000 tonnes, a 17,000 barrel per day naphtha-treating unit to produce clean fuel and a sulphur recovery unit (SRU) with capacity of 106,000 tonnes a year.
Maire Tecnimont was among the bidders, one source said, but a second source said that the Italian company had ultimately decided against bidding.
Work on the Rabigh expansion is due to begin in the second half of this year, PetroRabigh said in October.
PetroRabigh didn't respond to phone calls and an email requesting comment. Bids for the work were due to be submitted by February 24.