Gazprom awards FEED work to Foster Wheeler for Moscow refinery upgrade

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 Wheeler’s first-quarter 2013 bookings.

The combined oil refinery unit (CORU) project is part of the implementation of Gazpromneft’s 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 standards.

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 utilities. 

“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 plant.

“The CORU project is the most important investment for our Moscow refinery," said Anatoli Moiceevich Cherner, deputy chairman of the Gazpromneft board. 

"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.

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