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Middle East

12.01.2011  |  Meche, Helen,  Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, TX

Keywords: [construction] [compressors] [engineering] [FEED] [refining] [project management] [lubricants] [petrochemicals] [chemicals]

Burckhardt Compression has an order from Petroleum Development Oman LLC to deliver one process gas compressor for a new miscible gas injection (MGI) facility in the Sultanate of Oman. The responsible contractor for the project is Worley Parsons Oman Engineering LLC.

Petroleum Development Oman LLC selected Burckhardt Compression to deliver one process gas compressor for the MGI facility that will be installed at the Al-Noor Production Station in the Sultanate of Oman. Delivery of the compressor is scheduled to be in Q3 2012.


A subsidiary of Foster Wheeler AG’s Global Engineering and Construction Group has received a contract from Apache Khalda Corp. for the provision of project management consultancy (PMC) services to oversee the front-end engineering design (FEED) for the Qasr Compression Project in Egypt. The project will provide additional compression to the existing facilities at the Qasr gas-condensate field, in the Western Desert, approximately 525 km west of Cairo.

Foster Wheeler will provide expertise and personnel to assist Apache Khalda in the management and administration of the project’s FEED phase, which is expected to be completed at the end of 2011.


The State Company for Oil Projects, part of the Iraqi Ministry of Oil, has awarded Axens the basic design and license contracts for the construction of the new refinery in Nassiriya, Iraq.

Axens will supply the following process units for the refinery:
• H-Oil technology for the hydroconversion of 52,000 bpsd of vacuum residue (VR)
• Prime-D, gasoil desulfurization hydrotreater. The 105,000-bpsd unit will produce ultra-low-sulfur diesel with less than 10 ppm of sulfur
• Prime-K—kerosine desulfurization hydrotreater with a processing capacity of 24,000 bpsd
• Butane isomerization unit with a process capacity of about 11,900 bpsd.

The refinery will have a capacity of 300,000 bpsd of domestic crude oil and will deliver high-quality products mainly for the domestic market.


The establishment of Sadara Chemical Co., a planned joint venture under formation between The Dow Chemical Co. and Saudi Aramco, is making significant progress following the authorization by the boards of directors of both companies. The authorization for Sadara came after an extensive project feasibility study and front-end engineering and design (FEED) effort that began in 2007. Sadara will build and operate a world-scale, fully integrated chemicals complex in Jubail Industrial City, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Comprising 26 manufacturing units, building on Saudi Aramco’s project management and execution expertise, and utilizing many of Dow’s industry-leading technologies, the complex will reportedly be one of the world’s largest integrated chemical facilities, and the largest ever built in one single phase.

Site preparation has already commenced and the first production units are expected to come online in the second half of 2015, with all units expected to be up and running in 2016. Total investment for the project, including third-party investments, will be approximately $20 billion.


Neste Oil, The Bahrain Petroleum Co. (Bapco) and nogaholding have started commercial production at the new base-oil plant in Bahrain. The joint-venture plant produces premium-quality Very High Viscosity Index (VHVI) Group III base oils for use in blending top-tier lubricants and has a production capacity of 400,000 metric tpy.

Neste Oil has a 45% stake in the joint-venture plant and the company’s share of the investment cost was €130 million. Neste Oil is responsible for the sales and marketing of the plant’s output, which increases Neste Oil’s total Group III base-oils capacity from 250,000 metric tpy to 650,000 metric tpy. Bapco is responsible for operating the plant, which is located at Bapco’s refinery in Sitrah on the east coast of Bahrain.


Siemens Energy has received an order for the supply of a new compressor train for expansion of the Ibn Rushd purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plant in Saudi Arabia. The purchaser is Taiwan’s CTCI Corp. The end customer is Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC). The compressor train will be delivered in May 2012 to the plant in Yanbu’ al Bahr, Saudi Arabia.

In addition, Siemens will also modernize the plant’s existing PTA. The new compressor train consists of a gear-type air compressor, an expander, a steam turbine and a motor, with auxiliaries and control systems. The equipment is designed for the production of 350,000 tpy of PTA, which represents a duplication of the installed capacity at the Yanbu site.


ABB has won the main automation contract for Sadara Chemical Co., a joint venture (under formation) between affiliates of Saudi Aramco and The Dow Chemical Co.

Work is underway on establishing Sadara and the related integrated chemical complex in Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia. When fully operational in 2015, the facility will reportedly be the largest plastics and chemicals production complex ever built in a single phase. All parties have agreed not to disclose the amount of the order.

The scope of supply includes process automation systems, safety systems, project management, project engineering, commissioning assistance, post-commissioning site support, as well as engineering, operator and maintenance technician training.  HP



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