KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, April 24 Canadian
engineering and construction company SNC-Lavalin Group Inc
won a contract from Saudi Aramco for initial
engineering and design work to expand the gas-oil separation
plant of the Berri oilfield, industry sources said.
Saudi Aramco and SNC declined to comment.
The sources did not give a value for the contract.
Sources told Reuters in February Aramco would over time add
250,000 barrels per day of crude oil from Berri, possibly by
building drilling islands offshore in the Gulf.
Companies bid for several packages of front-end engineering
and design work on the project, which one source estimated could
cost $6 billion in total.
Two sources told Reuters the estimated cost of the gas-oil
separation plant expansion alone is about $1.7 billion.
Front-end engineering typically takes as long as a year to
complete from the day of the award of contracts.
Saudi Aramco has said it will continue oil investments to
(Reporting by Reem Shamseddine; additional reporting by Allison
Lampert; Editing by Adrian Croft)