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Oil - Downstream

Middle East downstream oil sector news and analysis, tenders, contracts awarded, commentary and economic data.

New projects

Emarat tenders Fujairah storage terminal expansion

Emarat tenders Fujairah storage terminal expansion Subscription

13 October 2014 | By

UAE group invites bids for third phase of work at UAE facility

Saudi Aramco to retender Ras Tanura in late 2014 or early 2015 Subscription

1 July 2014 | By

Front-end engineering and design being reconfigured to fit new scope of work for the Ras Tanura refinery clean fuels and aromatics project

Project bids

Larsen & Toubro pulls out of New Refinery pipeline deal

Larsen & Toubro pulls out of New Refinery pipeline deal Subscription

30 October 2014 | By

Dubai’s Dodsal now favourite to win Kuwait Oil Company contract

Oman energy EPC awards

Oman invites prequalification for Duqm refinery Subscription

28 September 2014 | By

Companies asked to express interest in major downstream project by 23 October


Still no deadline for Fujairah refinery bids Subscription

16 September 2014 | By

Project owner yet to set date for commercial proposals after receiving bids in July

Oman has received bids from at least five companies to build a refined products pipeline linking Muscat with Sohar

Bids in for Muscat-Sohar pipeline Subscription

7 September 2014 | By

Indian, Egyptian and local companies compete for Oman refined products infrastructure deal

Biofuel refinery

Design complete on Fujairah biodiesel refinery Subscription

3 September 2014 | By

Petrixo expected to tender main packages later this year

Ras Tanura refinery

Contractors line up for Ras Tanura retender Subscription

5 August 2014 | By

Saudi Aramco’s invites international contractors for refinery re-bid

Dubai International airport

Dubai state oil firm received bids for airport fuel farm Subscription

3 August 2014 | By

At least five proposals submitted for fuel project at Dubai International airport

UAE refining capacity

Firms bid for Fujairah refinery process units Subscription

3 August 2014 | By

South Korean groups dominate bid list as delayed $3.5bn project progresses

Projects awards

Bapco has awarded the US’ Chevron Lummus Global a $100m-plus contract to carry out design and engineering work on its Sitra refinery

Bapco awards Chevron Lummus $100m design deal Subscription

15 October 2014 | By

US joint venture will also provide licensed technology for refinery modernisation programme

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Bapco awards package to Chevron Lummus Subscription

22 September 2014 | By

US company to build residue hydrocracker at Bahrain refinery

Bapco has awarded France’s Technip a front-end engineering and design contract as part of its refinery modernisation programme

Technip wins Bapco refinery design Subscription

21 September 2014 | By

French contractor awarded deal worth $55m for front-end work


Aramco on verge of awarding Linde Jizan air supply deal Subscription

1 September 2014 | By

Scheme will involve some third-party ownership and is worth well in excess of $1bn

Refinery pipes

Al-Hassan wins $68m piping deal on Sohar refinery expansion Subscription

25 August 2014 | By

Local group awarded sub-contract by Petrofac/Daelim consortium

CB&I wins $50m supply deal for Sohar refinery expansion

CB&I wins $50m deal for Sohar refinery expansion Subscription

23 July 2014 | By

US group to supply heaters and steam reformer for project in Oman

Muscat, Oman

Mace awarded consultancy contract by Oman state refiner Subscription

22 July 2014 | By

UK group to provide contract services to hundreds on contracts in sultanate’s downstream sector

Honeywell technology selected for Fujairah biofuels refinery Subscription

10 July 2014 | By

Project owner Petrixo to use US group’s jet fuel and diesel knowhow at $800m facility


Oil - downstream market news

Kuwait reportedly needs to process an estimated 60 million cubic metres of contaminated soil

Kuwait mulls oil-cleaning contracts for 15 firms Subscription

12 October 2014 | By

State-owned operator says it is looking for the best technology

Egypt will buy 65 per cent of its oil product imports from the UAE for one year

Egypt signs energy deal with UAE Subscription

18 September 2014 | By

Al-Sisi administration will buy 65 per cent of oil imports for the next year from UAE


Riyadh's reserves offset risk from falling oil prices Subscription

16 September 2014 | By

NCB chief economist Said al-Shaikh says Saudi Arabia is better placed than in the past to manage the risk from oil price drops

A refinery in central Vietnam

Saudi Aramco mulls plans to develop Vietnam refinery Subscription

14 September 2014 | By

Local sources claim new joint venture scheme could have a budget as high as $22bn

Mina al-Ahmadi refinery in Kuwait

Second fire breaks out at Kuwait refinery Subscription

2 September 2014 | By

Mina al-Ahmadi complex sees its second fire in two weeks


Samsung Engineering in $2.5bn merger Subscription

1 September 2014 | By

One of the Middle East’s most active international contractors to join Samsung Heavy Industries

Refinery for petroleum products

UAE to provide Egypt with $9bn in oil products Subscription

1 September 2014 | By

Egyptian General Petroleum Company agrees a $9bn deal with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company


Gulf Petrochem eyes UAE downstream expansions Subscription

31 August 2014 | By

Fujairah bitumen refinery in the pipeline as Sharjah-based group’s revenue surges

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Oil - downstream trends

Mostorod New Refinery Subscription

22 September 2014

Egyptian Refinery Company is building new hydrocracker and vacuum distillation units at the existing Mostorod refinery

Gulf projects index

Projects index dips as market slows Subscription

22 May 2014

Oman only country to record growth in value, while Iraq posts biggest decline

Oman crude and condensates production 2013

Oman oil and gas output up in 2013 Subscription

12 May 2014 | By

Hydrocarbons production increases despite crude drop for state oil producer Petroleum Development Oman

Top 100 projects index, Q1 2014

Kuwait’s Clean Fuels Project edges Top 100 Projects value higher Subscription

24 April 2014 | By

A busy first quarter for 2014 saw 15 entrants in the MEED Top 100 Projects index

GCC and Iraq energy awards

Gulf oil and gas spending hits long-term high in first quarter Subscription

2 April 2014 | By

More than $25bn-worth of contracts awarded as three-month period eclipses total for 2013

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MEED commentary

Kuwait Olefins 3 integration adds uncertainty to New Refinery Project

Olefins 3 integration adds uncertainty to New Refinery Project

9 October 2014 | By

Project merger sparks concerns about further delays


The real work now starts for Jizan

1 September 2014 | By

Riyadh needs to ensure region is an attractive proposition to investors


Abu Dhabi moves on oil concession Subscription

24 July 2014 | By

Bids submitted for Adco onshore operations, but major contender ExxonMobil has left the race


Case grows for subsidy cuts in Saudi Arabia Subscription

10 July 2014 | By

If fuel subsidies are curbed and domestic consumption slows down, Aramco can use the new capacity it is building for exports


Libyan rebels end oil port blockade Subscription

3 July 2014 | By

Oil crisis seems to be at an end, but further disruption is likely and could see blockades return


Iraq’s refining plans face test Subscription

6 February 2014 | By

All eyes on the first real test for Iraq’s downstream sector as firms bid for Nasiriyah project

Gulf midstream

Midstream moves up Gulf agenda Subscription

31 October 2013

A world-class midstream sector enables countries to exploit the current boom in oil and gas prices

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Special reports


Oil & Gas: Middle East lifts refining capacity Subscription

6 February 2014

Both companies and governments are investing in new refineries

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Nargan Engineers & Constructors Subscription

The Iranian engineering, construction and procurement contractor works in the oil, gas and petrochemicals sectors

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UOP Subscription

Honeywell’s UOP is an international supplier of technology in the oil refining, gas processing and petrochemical production industries

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Abdulrahman al-Wuhaib Subscription

9 March 2014

Abdulrahman al-Wuhaib is senior vice-president downstream, Saudi Aramco

Takashi Kawamura Subscription

3 January 2013

Takashi Kawamura is chief executive officer of Hitachi Plant Technologies

Khaled Abu Nasrah Subscription

3 January 2013

Khaled Abu Nasrah is president, Middle East, at KBR

Marwan Chedid Subscription

3 January 2013

Marwan Chedid is chief executive officer (CEO) for engineering, construction, operations and maintenance at Petrofac

Youcef Yousefi Subscription

10 June 2012

Youcef Yousefi is energy & mining minister, Algeria

Abdelhamid Zerguine Subscription

10 June 2012

Abdelhamid Zerguine is chief executive officer (CEO), Sonatrach

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Countries covered: UAE, Oman, Iran

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Kuwait: LNG import facilities Subscription

11 October 2014 | By

Engineering, procurement and construction of LNG import facilities

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Research reports

Oil & Gas

Pre-Launch Offer - MENA Oil & Gas Market Report 2015

A comprehensive overview of the $700bn-plus MENA upstream oil and gas, downstream refining and petrochemical sectors

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