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Middle East

04.01.2011  | 

Keywords: [feed] [expansion] [refinery] [construction] [engineering] [project management] [petrochemicals] [compressors]

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has a contract from Saudi Aramco Lubricating Oil Refining Co. (Luberef) to provide front-end engineering design (FEED) services to support an expansion project at its lube-oil refinery in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia. Based on the outcome of the feasibility study, the overall expansion project cost was estimated at approximately $1 billion.

Jacobs is providing FEED services for both inside battery limits (ISBL) and outside battery limits (OSBL). The ISBL services involve a new lube-oil unit (hydrocracking, iso-dewaxing/hydrofinishing), a new sulfur complex and a propane-deasphalting unit expansion; the OSBL services involve all utilities and infrastructure.

KBR has a contract with Saudi Aramco to provide front-end engineering and design (FEED) and project-management services (PMS) for its grassroots Jazan refinery, an anticipated 400,000-bpd facility to be located in Jazan, Saudi Arabia. KBR will provide FEED and PMS services to develop the facility’s process design, layout, integration and optimization, as well as its equipment and material specifications, preparing engineering procurement and construction (EPC) bid packages and developing an estimate for the refinery’s construction. Additionally, KBR will also assist Saudi Aramco in overseeing, managing and directing the work-related activities for all phases of the Jazan refinery and marine terminal project. Work on the project is expected to begin in February 2011.

The Shaw Group Inc. has been awarded a contract by Qatar Petrochemical Co., Ltd. (QAPCO) to provide basic engineering services for the expansion of a 720 kilotons/yr ethylene plant in Mesaieed, Qatar. The project will provide the design needed for expanding the plant’s capacity by up to 25%. The undisclosed value of the contract will be included in Shaw’s Energy & Chemicals segment’s backlog of unfilled orders in the second quarter of fiscal year 2011.

Borouge has awarded a contract worth $169 million to Hyundai Engineering and Construction to build a cross-linkable polyethylene (XLPE) unit at its petrochemical plant in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi. With a capacity of 80,000 tpy, the unit is an added-value complement to the low-density polyethylene (LDPE) unit.

This is the final major contract to be awarded for the Borouge 3 mega-expansion project already underway in Abu Dhabi in the UAE. Hyundai Engineering and Construction is also providing the project’s utilities and offsite facilities.

When fully operational in mid-2014, Borouge 3 will more than double the plant’s capacity to 4.5 million tpy and create what will reportedly be the largest integrated polyolefins plant in the world.

Burckhardt Compression has an order from International Polymers Co. (IPC), Jubail, Saudi Arabia, to deliver a Hyper compressor for its low-density polyethylene-ethylene vinyl acetate (LDPE-EVA) plant. The production process is licensed by ExxonMobil Chemical Technology Licensing LLC. Burckhardt Compression secured the order, thanks to a large number of references in LDPE plants with similar or larger capacities. Hyper compressors are high-pressure reciprocating compressors for LDPE plants with discharge pressures up to 3,500 bar (50,000 psi).

IPC is a joint venture between Sipchem and Hanwha Corp. of South Korea. The 200,000 metric-tpy plant will be built at Sipchem’s site in Jubail Industrial City, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as part of Sipchem’s third-phase project. The project is targeted to be commissioned in 2013.  HP

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