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Middle East

01.01.2012  |  Meche, Helen,  Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, TX

Keywords: [construction] [engineering] [fertilizers] [boilers] [maintenance] [lube oil blending] [controls] [refinery] [equipment]

Tecnimont S.p.A., the main operating company of Maire Tecnimont S.p.A., has an engineering procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) contract on a lump-sum turnkey basis for a new fertilizers complex within the existing industrial area in the Aswan Governorship in Upper Egypt, from the Egyptian Chemical & Fertilizers Industries–KIMA.

The fertilizers complex will comprise an 1,200-tpd-capacity ammonia-production unit, implementing KBR’s Purifier technology; one 1,575-tpd-capacity urea-melt production unit, implementing Stamicarbon’s Pool Reactor technology; one 1,575-tpd-capacity urea-granulation unit, implementing Stamicarbon’s urea-granulation technology; and all the necessary utilities and offsite facilities to support the process units.

The overall project value is approximately $540 million and completion is expected by the end of July 2014.


Toyo Engineering Corp. was awarded an energy optimization project for one of SABIC’s existing ammonia plant and package boilers at the Al-Jubail Fertilizer Co. (Al-Bayroni) in the eastern region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The plant, which has a production capacity of 1,300 metric tpd of ammonia, has been in operation since 1983. Toyo will reduce and optimize the energy consumption in similar ammonia plants and package boilers. Project implementation is scheduled to be completed in the second quarter of 2013. Toyo’s scope of work includes engineering, procurement, construction, pre-commissioning and commissioning assistance on a lump-sum turnkey basis.


Qatar National Facilities Services, a Qatari-based company partly owned by Fluor, has signed a five-year comprehensive maintenance-services contract with RasGas in the industrial city of Ras Laffan, Qatar. The contract was awarded to provide maintenance services for the entire complex.

Fluor previously completed the RL3 Common Offplot project for RasGas in 2009. For that project, Fluor trained more than 62,000 different workers from 40 different countries at the site, with peak construction manpower reaching nearly 9,000 workers in January 2008.


Cellier Activity of ABB France’s Process Automation Division has started up a new lube-oil blending plant (LOBP) for Petromin Corp. in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Cellier Activity was responsible for the detailed engineering and procurement, mechanical and electrical site supervision, along with commissioning of the core process equipment. The scope of supply included both batch- and inline-blending technologies. The new facility is automated, and plant-wide activities are managed by a Lubcel control system to ensure process flexibility and safety.

With an annual capacity of 125,000 tons of lubricating oils per shift, the new facility is able to produce a wide range of automotive and industrial oils, and is reportedly one of the largest LOBPs in the Middle East.


North Refineries Co. (NRC) has awarded Chiyoda Corp. a contract for replacement of furnaces at the North refinery in Baiji, Republic of Iraq.

The contract covers engineering, procurement and delivery of three sets of furnaces. Equipment delivery will be completed in April 2013.

The North refinery in Baiji is said to be one of the largest refineries in the Republic of Iraq, constructed by Chiyoda in 1983 with a capacity of 150,000 bpd. At the end of February 2011, hydrotreater furnaces at the North refinery were shut down by bomb blasts. NRC requested Chiyoda for planning assistance of short-term emergency measures, and Chiyoda was awarded the contract for the furnace-replacement work as a permanent solution through international tender.  HP



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