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Middle East

10.01.2011  |  Meche, Helen,  Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, TX

Keywords: [construction] [engineering] [polymers] [refinery] [clean fuels] [aromatics] [LPG] [petrochemicals] [gas turbines]

Fluor Corp. has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract by SAPCo, a joint-venture company being formulated between Saudi Acrylic Acid Co. and Evonik Industries, for its Super Absorbent Polymer (SAP) Project in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.

The SAP project work is underway and is expected to be completed and commissioned by the fourth quarter of 2013.


Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has been awarded the second phase of the Ras Tanura Refinery Clean Fuels and Aromatics Project. This award is under the Saudi Aramco General Engineering and Project Management Services contract. Jacobs is executing the project from its office in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia.

The project’s scope of services includes front-end engineering design (FEED) services for both inside battery limits (ISBL) and outside battery limits (OSBL). In addition, the project includes refinery modifications to comply with expected future environmental regulations. The Ras Tanura refinery is located in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.


UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, has announced that Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Co. (Orpic) has selected UOP/Foster Wheeler technology to help process heavy oil and expand fuel and petrochemicals production at a refinery in Sohar, Oman. Orpic will use the UOP/Foster Wheeler Solvent Deasphalting (SDA) process technology to convert heavy crude to low-contaminant deasphalted oil, a product that is further processed in refineries to produce liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), gasoline, jet fuel, diesel and propylene. The new unit will process 2.5 million metric tpy of heavy crude to significantly increase the refinery’s production of valuable petroleum products.

In collaboration, Honeywell’s UOP and Foster Wheeler will provide the technology license and basic engineering package for the new unit, which is expected to start up in 2015.


Wood Group GTS has been awarded an agreement to supply parts for 14 General Electric (GE) Frame 6B gas turbines located at various sites in Oman. Under this 12-year contract, all GE Frame 6B new components will be exclusively sourced through Wood Group GTS. To support this contract, Wood Group GTS will rely on its advanced parts manufacturing (APM) programme.

In addition, Wood Group GTS will assist its customer to model the overall new parts demand for its fleet, allowing optimization of parts usage based on several factors. Under the agreement, there is an option to also purchase Dry Low NOx components. All these gas turbines are used in the process of efficiently extracting natural gas from established gas fields.


The Qatargas-operated Laffan Refinery Co. Ltd. has awarded a lump-sum front-end engineering design (FEED) contract for the refinery’s Phase 2 expansion to Technip. Phase 2 will increase the current refinery capacity to enable Qatar to meet all of its naphtha, diesel, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and kerojet requirements. The FEED study is scheduled to be completed by the first quarter of 2012, and it will be executed by Technip’s engineering center in Paris, France. The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract is expected to be awarded by the third quarter of 2012.

Laffan Refinery Venture Manager, Eng. Salman Ashkanani, said, “The new expansion project will double the existing capacity of the Laffan Refinery to 292,000 bpsd, and the facility will be fully operational by the first Quarter of 2016, playing a central role in Qatar’s new energy mix and its 2030 vision.”  HP



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