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Oman Costain favourite to build £64m sugar refinery

COSTAIN is tipped to win a contract worth more than £64 million for a sugar refinery in Oman.

Sources say that Yahya Costain, the firm's Middle East contracting division, has put in the lowest bid for the refinery at Mina Qaboos.

The contract will be let as an engineering, procurement and construct deal, with technical evaluation of the bid set for mid-December.

Wimpey Alawi is understood to have sent in the second lowest price for the National Sugar Refinery Company job, which attracted an international line-up of bidders.

Simon Carves was the third UK firm to try its luck, together with South African companies Murray & Roberts and EMS, German outfits Krupp Uhde and IPRO, Krupp (India) and Italy's Technipetrol.

As well as civil engineering and associated works, the deal includes extensive site preparation projects and process technology for the 360,000 tonne per year plant.

Mott MacDonald is consulting engineer for the scheme.