Duqm consultancy bids cancelled

Muscat: The Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm (Sezad) has cancelled bids linked to provide consultancy services for project definition, front end engineering design (FEED) and supervision of the new bulk liquid berths at Duqm port.

The authority has earlier asked pre-qualified companies to submit their bids for the consultancy work.

Seven companies
As many as seven companies were pre-qualified earlier for the work, which are Foster Wheeler Energy Limited, Halcrow Middle East, KBR, Mott MacDonald & Company, Tebodin & Bird, Technip & Artelia and Worley Parsons, according to the website of Special Economic Zone Authority.

Of this, Foster Wheeler, Tebodin Bird and Worley Parsons had submitted their financial bids, which are now cancelled by the authority.

The reason for cancelling bids is not known and it is not clear whether the authority will ask pre-qualified companies to submit their bids once again.

With a huge refinery complex is planned at Duqm, the port is taking initiatives to establish a major liquids terminal designed to handle the prodigious volumes of liquid cargoes expected to result from this multi-billion dollar investment. The terminal will be large enough to cater to the bulk liquid volumes associated with a large-scale refinery and petrochemicals hub envisioned at the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) adjoining the port.

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