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Five groups submitted offers in the latest major construction call for Ecuador's US$14.1bn Pacífico refinery project.
BNamericas reported in April the launch by state company Refinería del Pacífico Eloy Alfaro for the EPC, startup and O&M of the La Esperanza aqueduct to cover the refinery's water requirements.
The bidders were China Petroleum Engineering Construction (US$279mn), Sinohydro (US$169mn), Consorcio Kayson-Falatsaz (US$168mn), Construtora Norberto Odebrecht (US$260mn) and Consorcio Pacífico (US$271mn).
The reference budget for the 93km project is US$169mn. Awarding will take place in the coming weeks and the winner will have 20 months to carry out works.
The 300,000b/d plant in Manabí province will produce gasoline, distillates, LPG and petrochemicals. Mechanical completion is penciled in for December 2014 and start of operations in July the following year.