Five rivals are set to enter the battle to win a $2 billion contract to build the production facilities for Total's Tilenga project in Uganda, which has suffered numerous delays over the past decade.

Bids are due to be submitted next month for a prestigious engineering, procurement, supply, construction and commissioning (EPSCC) services contract covering the oil and gas facilities required to exploit the multi-field Tilenga project on the shores of Lake Albert.