Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo have asked firms to submit their bids for nine construction packages for a new refinery in Jizan province near the Yemeni borders.
The refinery will have a capacity of 400,000 barrels per day and is far from oilfields on the Gulf coast. Expected to be in operation in 2016, the refinery is part of plans by Aramcoto increase its domestic refining output capacity to 3.5 million bpd by 2016.
The packages include a hydrocracker, diesel hydro-treater, hydrogen production unit, crude distillation unit, vacuum distillation unit, as well as other units.
The two partners have also asked bidders to revise their proposals for the CP1 package for cumene, phenol and cyclohexanone by May 30, with bidding validity set by the end of June.