Foster Wheeler and Sofcon completed the FEED
Foster Wheeler and its local partner A. Al-Saihati, A. Fattani & O. Al-Othman Consulting Engineering Co., (SOFCON) have completed the Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) for the Saudi
Aramco Riyadh Refinery Clean Transportation Fuel project.
In April 2011, Foster Wheeler’s Global Engineering and Construction Group and A. Al-Saihati, A. Fattani & O. Al-Othman Consulting Engineering Co., (SOFCON), had been awarded contracts by Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) for:
– The Front End Engineering and Design (FEED)
– Project management consultancy services (PMC)
In June 2012, the Consortium made of Foster Wheeler, SOFCON, and Saudi Consolidated Engineering Company – Khatib & Alami (SCEC K&A) signed a formal five years GES+ contract with Saudi Aramco in order to meet the new Saudi Aramcos’ requirements regarding the local content.
Riyadh Refinery is supplied with crude oil from the East-West pipeline and has a capacity of 120,000 b/d being processed through a:
– 30,000 b/d hydrocracker, for upgrading of heavy fraction
– 30,000 b/d catalytic reformer for upgrading naphtha to gasoline blending products
– 26,000 b/d platformer
– Delayed cocker
– Two 70 t/d sulfur recovery units
Riyadh Refinery Clean Transportation Fuel to go for bid
Actually the Saudi Aramco Riyadh Refinery is producing Gasoline, Diesel, Asphalt and Sulfur; and the Clean Transportation Fuel project is to reduce the sulfur content of gasoline and diesel produced by the refinery from actual 330 parts per million (ppm) to 10 ppm, and to reduce the level of benzene in gasoline in order to meet the new international standards.
The Riyadh Refinery Clean Transportation Fuel project should attract many bidders from locals as from global engineering companies and contractors for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts to be called for tender by Saudi Aramco.
This brownfield project is part of the Saudi Aramco program to revamp and upgrade all the existing refineries.
On the Riyadh Refinery, the Clean Transportation Fuel EPC contracts should include:
– Naphtha splitting unit
– Sulfur guard-bed unit
– Diesel hydrotreater reactor
– Hydrocracker debottlenecking
– Gas concentration unit debottlenecking
– Replacement of crude and vacuum distillation tower internals
With the call for tenders being released on half 2012, Saudi Aramco, supported by the consortium Foster Wheeler and Sofcon, expects to award the EPC contracts for this brownfield Riyadh Refinery Clean Transportation Fuel project by the end of the year.