Kuwait National Petroleum Corp. (KNPC) has awarded several
contracts in the construction and development of the
fuels project and the proposed Al Zour refinery
The $12-billion project entails the expansion and upgrading of two
existing KNPC refineries and the construction of a new
state-of-the-art 600,000-bpd refinery.
KNPC is a state-owned company and operates the third largest
refining capacity at 936,000 bpd in the Middle East. Present
KNPC refining capacity is:
Abdullah refinery, 270,000 bpd
- Mina Al-Ahmadi refinery, 460,000 bpd
- Shuaiba refinery, 200,000 bpd.
All three refineries are located along the coastal zone, south
of Kuwait City.
fuels project is focused on raising refining capacity and making
production more environmentally friendly, according to the
company. Project work will be done in three parts; much of the
revamping is focused on reducing sulfur and carbon
Construction is forecast to begin in
April and to be completed within in five years.
Companies receiving project awards are Japans JGC,
Britains Petrofac, US-based Fluor, and UK-based Foster
JGC Corp received a tender worth $4.82 billion for the 460,000-
bpd Mina Al-Ahmadi refinery revamp/expansion.
Meanwhile, The Mina Abdullah I project was awarded to a
consortium led by Petrofac valued at $3.7 billion. The
consortium includes Petrofac, Samsung Engineering, and
CB&I. The lump-sum contract includes provisions for 19 new
refining units and the revamping of
5 existing process units.
Mina Abdullah II was awarded to the Fluor-led consortium and is
valued at $3.4 billion.
The contracts are expected to be signed within the next six
weeks and work to commence in April, according to a KNPC
At the end of the project, the capacity of the Mina Abdullah
and Mina Al-Ahmadi refineries will increase from 700,000 bpd to
In December 2012, Foster Wheeler was awarded the management and
service contract for the overall project, worth $500
In addition to the clean
fuels project, Kuwait is planning a new refinery called Al
Zour with a capacity of 600,000 bpd. The refinery is expected
to be onstream within five years and will allow KNPC to shut
down the Shuaiba refinery.
When all projects are completed, Kuwait's refining capacity will reach over
1.4 million bpd, up from the existing capacity of 930,000