Neste Oil and Abu Dhabi National
Oil Co. (ADNOC) have a partnership concerning very
high-viscosity index (VHVI) base oils. Along with the
cooperation, 600,000 metric tpy of NEXBASE base oil is expected
to be brought onto the market at the end of 2013.
Takreer, a subsidiary of ADNOC, will supply
the feedstock, as well as operate and
maintain the plant, while Neste Oil will be responsible for the
sales and marketing of the base oil on behalf of ADNOC. There
will be no investment costs for Neste Oil related to this
The plant is based on ExxonMobil Research and
Engineerings hydroisomerization technology and
Neste Jacobs distillation technology. It will have a capacity
of 500,000 metric tpy of Group III base oil to be used in
blending top-tier lubricants, as well as 100,000 metric tons of
Group II base oil. Commercial production is expected to start
at the end of 2013.
In May 2010, Takreer awarded the engineering, procurement
and construction (EPC) contract to
Hyundai Engineering, and the project is proceeding
KBR has been awarded a contract by
Saudi Aramco Lubricating Oil Refining Co. (Luberef) to
implement KBRs proprietary solvent deasphalting (SDA)
technology, ROSE, for Luberefs Yanbu Refinery Expansion Project in Saudi Arabia.
Under the contract, KBR will provide technology licensing and
basic engineering services to revamp and almost double the
capacity of Luberefs existing propane-deasphalting (PDA)
unit. The existing PDA unit, which is based on conventional SDA
technology, will be converted to KBRs ROSE technology. In addition to
increasing production volumes, the PDA revamp will allow
Luberef to increase brightstock and by-product production.
A bidding group led by Mustang Al-Hejailan
Engineering, a Wood Group company,
has been awarded a General Engineering Services Plus (GES+)
contract by Saudi Aramco. The contract
establishes a long-term framework for the supply of
engineering, procurement and construction management services
to support the execution of onshore and offshore oil and gas
projects within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The duration of
the contract is five years, plus three one-year extension
The release of work under the contract is contingent on
Mustang Al-Hejailan Engineering finalizing agreements to
combine with two Saudi-owned engineering businesses,
Dar E&C, which will be the second largest
participant in the bidding group, and
PI-Consult (taken together, the bidding
group). Further details will be announced once the terms
of the transactions have been finalized. The intention is that
the resources of Mustang Al-Hejailan Engineering, Dar E&C
and PI-Consult will be combined to create a leading in-Kingdom
engineering and project management services provider. Mustang
will continue to lead the company.
A subsidiary of Foster Wheeler AGs
Global Engineering and Construction Group, along with the
subsidiarys consortium partners comprising A.
Al-Saihati, A. Fattani and O. Al-Othman Consulting Engineering
Co. (SOFCON) and Saudi Consolidated
Engineering Co.Khatib & Alami (SCEC K&A)
have signed a contract with Saudi Aramco for
the provision of services associated with Saudi Aramcos
GES+ initiative for a duration of five years, with options
available for extensions.
Under contract terms, Foster Wheeler and its consortium
partners will perform engineering and project-management
services including pre-front-end engineering design (pre-FEED),
FEED, detailed design and procurement services for
onshore/offshore oil and gas, refining, petrochemicals and associated
infrastructure projects in Saudi Arabia. The work
will be executed from the consortiums offices located in
the city of Al-Khobar in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has received
an award from the Jubail Chemical Industrial Co.,
Ltd. (JANA) to provide technical and
project-management services for its existing epichlorohydrin
plant expansion and a new epichlorohydrin
plant at the Jubail, Saudi Arabia, site. JANA is a wholly owned
subsidiary of NAMA Chemicals.
Under the agreement, Jacobs is providing technical and
project-management services for both inside battery limits
(ISBL) and outside battery limits (OSBL). The ISBL services
involve debottlenecking of their existing epichlorohydrin plant
to increase capacity, and the OSBL services cover all utilities
and the tankage area. Jacobs scope also includes
cost-estimate preparation and project-management support for
JANAs new epichlorohydrin plant, to be built at the same
site in Jubail. This expansion is intended to increase
the Jubail sites epoxy resins production capacity to 240
Qatar Petroleum (QP) and
Shell have announced the first flow of
dedicated offshore gas into the Pearl gas-to-liquids (GTL)
plant located in Ras Laffan Industrial City in the State of
Qatar. Shell, the operator of the Pearl GTL plant, developed
under a production and sharing agreement with QP, has opened
natural gas wells offshore, allowing the first sour gas to flow
through a subsea pipeline into the giant GTL plant onshore.
Sections of the Pearl GTL plant will be started up
progressively over the coming months.
The Pearl GTL project was launched in July 2006 and the
first stone was laid by His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad
Al-Thani, the Heir Apparent, in February 2007.
Once fully operational, Pearl will produce 1.6 Bcfd of gas
from the North Field, which will be processed to generate
120,000 bpd of condensate and natural gas liquids and 140,000
bpd of GTL products.
Samsung Engineering received a $2.76
billion contract for the Shaybah natural gas liquid (NGL)
project at a signing ceremony held at Saudi
Aramcos headquarters in Dhahran. This NGL
facility, to be located 800 km southeast of Dhahran in Shaybah,
is expected to secure feedstock supplies for the
kingdoms hydrocarbon business. The complex will
produce 750,000 bpd of oil, process gas of 2,400 million scfd,
and recover 200,000 bpd of NGL. Samsung Engineering will
provide engineering, procurement and construction for all four
units in this plant complex on a lump-sum turnkey basis.
Mechanical completion is scheduled by June 2014.
Egypt Japan Petrochemical Corp. S.A.E.
(EJPC) and Davy Process Technology Ltd., a
wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson Matthey Plc
(JM), have signed a methanol operating license agreement.
EJPC is developing a world-scale combined methanol and ammonia
project comprising a 6,000-metric-tpd methanol plant that will
use Davys technology, and a 2,000-metric-tpd
ammonia plant (the Project).
The methanol plant, which will use steam
reforming of natural gas in conjunction with the advanced
methanol synthesis process developed and licensed by Davy and
JM, will reportedly be the largest methanol plant in the world.
The hydrogen-rich purge gas from the methanol loop will be used in the
integrated ammonia plant. This project is a key component in the
development of Carbon Holdings petrochemicals business, with construction scheduled to commence
Alfa Laval has received an order for
delivery of Alfa Laval Packinox heat exchangers to a refinery in Saudi Arabia. The order
value is about SEK 75 million and delivery is scheduled for
2012. The Packinox heat exchangers will be used in a catalytic
reforming unit for producing gasoline. Last year, half of Alfa
Lavals big orders came from refineries and the vast
majority of these included Alfa Laval Packinox heat