Foster Wheeler was awarded a contract by OJSC
Gazpromneft to provide front-end engineering design
(FEED) and design documentation for an upgrading project at the
Moscow refinery, officials said on Tuesday.
The value of the award was not disclosed and will be
included in Foster Wheelers first-quarter 2013
The combined oil refinery unit (CORU) project is part of the
implementation of Gazpromnefts OJSC Moscow refinery revamping and upgrading
program, under which the refinery will be
expanded through 2020 to process an additional 6 million
tpy of crude oil and produce transportation fuels to Euro-V
The CORU facilities are planned to include
crude distillation (CDU) and vacuum distillation (VDU) units, a
continuous catalytic reforming unit with naphtha hydrotreatment
and hydrogen recovery by pressure swing adsorption, a diesel
hydrotreater including a dewaxing section, a gas plant with a
liquefied petroleum gases sweetening unit and common
Developing long-term relationships with our clients based
on project execution excellence and
expanding our served markets in Russia are two of our strategic
objectives, said Umberto della Sala, chief operating
officer of Foster Wheeler.
We plan to leverage our experience in Russia, our
in-depth refining experience and our
reputation for developing high quality FEEDs to deliver a
strong performance for Gazpromneft to form the basis for a
longer-term working relationship," he added.
The FEED activities are expected to be completed in the fourth
quarter of 2013, while the submission of design documentation
is scheduled for the first quarter of 2014.
Foster Wheeler was previously awarded the process design
package for the facilities crude and vacuum distillation units and the gas
The CORU project is the most important investment for
our Moscow refinery," said Anatoli
Moiceevich Cherner, deputy chairman of the Gazpromneft
"Timely completion and plant start-up are vital for our
company, but completion of a strong FEED is a very important
first step in the realization of this key project, he added.