Daelim in the lead for KNPC Mina Al-Ahmadi FCC EPC
Daelim Industrial from South Korea submitted the lowest bid for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract of the Fluid Catalytic Convertor (FCC) and Sour Water Treatment package of the Kuwait National Petroleum Corporation (KNPC) refinery at Mina Al-Ahmadi in Kuwait.
The Kuwait refineries are very old and suffered from severe damages during the Iraqi invasion in the 1990s.
The CFP project involves the three refineries currently in operations in Kuwait:
– Mina Al-Ahmadi refinery in the north with 466,000 barrels per day (b/d) capacity
– Mina Abdullah refinery in the south with 270,000 b/d capacity
– Shuaiba refinery in the center with 200,000 b/d capacity.
The purpose of the CFP project is to:
– Concentrate and increase refining capacities on Mina Al-Ahmadi and Mina Abdullah from current 736,000 barrels per day (b/d) to 800,000 b/d.
– Improve the operating performances and the energy efficiency of the refineries
– Optimize KNPC hydrocarbon products production between the refineries
– Produce transportation fuels with low sulfur content and in line with the Euro IV standards
– Reduce the carbon dioxide emissions
– Widen Kuwait petrochemical portfolio with new and high added value by-products
– Close the Shuaiba refinery too costly to revamp.
With this scope of work, the CFP project entered the active bidding phase since the state-owned oil refiner KNPC selected Foster Wheeler for the project management consultancy (PMC) contract in December 2012.
KNPC qualified seven bidders for three EPC packages
In addition to the Fluid Catalytic Convertor and Sour Water Treatment package to be awarded soon, the Kuwait CFP project includes three main packages:
– Revamping and upgrade of the Mina Al-Ahmadi refinery
– Revamping, upgrade and expansion at the Mina Abdullah refinery, plus the dismantling of the Shuaiba refinery
– Expansion of the facilities and utilities at the Mina Al-Ahmadi refinery
– Chiyoda from Japan
– Fluor from USA
– JGC from Japan
– KBR from USA
– Petrofac from UK
– Saipem from Italy
– Tecnicas Reunidas from Spain
In order to receive techncial and commercial bids as consistent as possible at first time, KNPC is planning site visits and pre-tender meetings with the contenders until July 2013.
These pre-qualified consortium will be allowed to quote only one or two packages among the three.
With the support of Foster Wheeler providing PMC services, KNPC set November 10th 2012 as the deadline for the submission of the technical and commercial offers for this Clean Fuels Project (CFP) packages in expecting the award on early 2014.