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Oil - Downstream

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

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Kuwait tenders gas pressure system contract Subscription

21 April 2014, 9:22 GMT | By

Upgrade of pressure protection system planned for Mina al-Ahmadi refinery

Joint venture to operate Kurdistan region refinery Subscription

14 April 2014, 8:33 GMT | By

Local-Philippines joint venture will refine up to 3,500 tonnes a day of oil from Iraqi Kurdistan

Kurds plan Iraq refinery expansion Subscription

3 March 2014, 10:01 GMT | By

Tenders to be released in March for new Bazian refinery units 

Iraq plans major expansion of oil storage facilities Subscription

2 March 2014, 9:40 GMT | By

Storage capacity to more than double to 15 million cubic metres

Iraqi officials question plans for new refinery Subscription

26 February 2014, 12:31 GMT | By

Local KAR Group to build and operate 90,000 barrel a day facility

Iraq plans to tender Basra refinery upgrade by May Subscription

10 February 2014, 5:32 GMT | By

$1.5bn-plus expansion includes new fluid catalytic cracker

Kuwait announces prequalified firms for two new refinery packages Subscription

4 February 2014, 7:38 GMT | By

Contractors wait for news on main process package prequalifiers

Kuwait tenders new refinery pipeline deal Subscription

28 January 2014, 13:08 GMT | By

Pipelines will connect northern heavy oil production and planned new refinery

Project bids

Saudi Aramco and Bapco to tender $350m pipeline in 2014

22 April 2014, 9:49 GMT | By

New pipeline will replace existing infrastructure and provide additional crude for Bahrain refinery

Saipem and Tecnicas Reunidas favourites for Aramco's Jizan gasification Subscription

7 April 2014, 9:24 GMT | By

Italian contractor set for two packages worth $3bn with Spanish contractor picking up offsites and utilities

Fujairah refinery bids delayed further Subscription

7 April 2014, 7:43 GMT | By

No clear deadline for technical proposals on UAE refinery project

Petrochina relaunches Iraq oil facility tender Subscription

13 March 2014, 5:42 GMT | By

Improvement works required for Iraqi central processing facility

Kuwait receives bids for Mina Abdullah refinery project Subscription

3 March 2014, 11:47 GMT | By

Local firm submits lowest price for flared gas recovery scheme

Kurds plan Iraq refinery expansion Subscription

3 March 2014, 10:01 GMT | By

Tenders to be released in March for new Bazian refinery units 

Bids in for $500m Sabic petrochemical plant Subscription

2 March 2014, 7:51 GMT | By

Four bidders remaining for joint venture project planned for Jubail in the Eastern Province

Partners tender $6.4bn Al-Karaana petrochemicals complex Subscription

20 February 2014, 9:14 GMT | By

Joint venture of Qatar petroleum and UK/Dutch Shell Group invites contractors to bid for two contracts

Projects awards

South Korean group sign $6bn Iraq refinery deal Subscription

23 April 2014, 10:16 GMT | By

South Korean consortium of four to build 140,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Karbala, Iraq

Kuwait signs $12bn-worth of contracts on Clean Fuels Project Subscription

15 April 2014, 11:04 GMT | By

South Korean firms win up to $7bn of work out of the total $12bn on the scheme

KBR wins design deal for Jebel Ali refinery upgrade Subscription

1 April 2014, 10:39 GMT | By

Condensate refinery to be expanded with two new processing units in order to meet domestic fuel demand

Foster Wheeler wins Duqm refinery design contract Subscription

25 March 2014, 13:19 GMT | By

Front-end engineering and design on $6bn Duqm project in Oman to be carried out over 14 months

Van Oord wins Kuwait dredging deal Subscription

16 March 2014, 6:16 GMT | By

Contract is first to be signed for Kuwait’s $15bn New Refinery Project

Foster Wheeler signs Kuwait gas import design deal Subscription

5 March 2014, 6:52 GMT | By

Designs for Al-Zour import facility to be completed in October

Local group awarded Iraq refinery deal Subscription

24 February 2014, 6:56 GMT | By

KAR Group to build refinery in Ninewa province

Kuwait approves bids for Clean Fuels Project packages Subscription

11 February 2014, 10:35 GMT | By

Almost $12bn-worth of contracts approved for refinery upgrades


Banks vie for Oman refinery project Subscription

9 February 2014, 6:52 GMT | By

Bids submitted to finance expansion of Sohar refinery in Oman

Oil - downstream market news

Tebodin wins onshore design deals in Abu Dhabi Subscription

22 April 2014, 7:29 GMT | By

Dutch group will work on project operated by Gasco and Dolphin Energy

Kuwait signs $12bn-worth of contracts on Clean Fuels Project Subscription

15 April 2014, 11:04 GMT | By

South Korean firms win up to $7bn of work out of the total $12bn on the scheme

Sharafco assesses bids for Sharjah oil storage terminal Subscription

26 March 2014, 8:37 GMT | By

Emirati and Omani groups among bidders for Hamriyah Free Zone project

Subsidies hinder Egyptian oil sector development Subscription

24 March 2014, 9:11 GMT | By

Former Egyptian oil minister says energy pricing reform is key

Iraq petrochemicals potential high Subscription

24 March 2014, 7:26 GMT | By

Major issue for new petrochemicals projects in Iraq is security, says petrochemicals consultant

US shale not expected to impact Middle East chemicals producers Subscription

5 March 2014, 11:17 GMT | By

Location of deposits means export of US petrochemicals to key Asian markets is unlikely

Foreign procurement costing Saudi Arabia SR350bn Subscription

4 March 2014, 13:15 GMT | By

More focus needed on developing local vendors for diversification to succeed, says Sabic official

Saudi oil minister confirms refinery integration plans Subscription

4 March 2014, 7:43 GMT | By

Kingdom plans to integrate existing and new refineries with downstream industries

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GCC and Iraq energy awards

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

2 April 2014, 8:53 GMT | By

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

MEED Quality Awards

Deadline nears for MEED Quality Awards for Projects entries

21 January 2014, 5:48 GMT

The awards will once again look to recognise the projects executed with the highest quality


Kuwait set to be biggest GCC oil and gas spender in 2014 Subscription

14 January 2014, 13:07 GMT | By

Large contracts on refineries and heavy oil should see Kuwait overtake the UAE this year

MEED Quality Awards

Focus returns to quality projects

2 January 2014, 11:36 GMT

The MEED Quality Awards for Projects will once again look to recognise the projects executed with the highest quality

PetroRabigh annual profit

PetroRabigh Subscription

20 November 2013, 10:16 GMT | By

This could be the first loss-making year for PetroRabigh since 2009

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MEED commentary


Iraq’s refining plans face test Subscription

6 February 2014, 13:25 GMT | 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, 13:55 GMT

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

Iraq refinery

Iraq moves ahead with refinery plan Subscription

1 August 2013, 14:23 GMT

Iraq has not built a refinery in three decades, but it now plans to build five in an ambitious programme

The Kuwait energy sector

Setbacks go on for Kuwaiti energy sector Subscription

23 May 2013, 15:08 GMT

The decision to replace several senior executives at state firm is another blow to the oil sector

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Special reports


Oil & Gas: Middle East lifts refining capacity

6 February 2014, 8:54 GMT

Both companies and governments are investing in new refineries

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Hope: Ministry retenders are hoped to be sign of more projects wor

Data: Top Middle East projects by sector, Q2 2013 Subscription

11 July 2013, 11:34 GMT | By

The biggest 10 projects in the chemical, construction, oil, gas, industrial, transport, power and water sectors



Samir Subscription

The Moroccan firm has completed an upgrade of its main refinery at Mohammedia

Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company logo

Oman Oil Refineries & Petroleum Industries Company Subscription

Orpic was formed in 2011 from the integration of three companies ORPC, Aromatics Oman and Oman Polypropylene

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    Abdulrahman al-Wuhaib Subscription

    9 March 2014, 11:42 GMT

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

    Takashi Kawamura Subscription

    3 January 2013, 12:25 GMT

    Takashi Kawamura is chief executive officer of Hitachi Plant Technologies

    Khaled Abu Nasrah Subscription

    3 January 2013, 12:24 GMT

    Khaled Abu Nasrah is president, Middle East, at KBR

    Marwan Chedid Subscription

    3 January 2013, 12:24 GMT

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

    Youcef Yousefi Subscription

    10 June 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Youcef Yousefi is energy & mining minister, Algeria

    Abdelhamid Zerguine Subscription

    10 June 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Abdelhamid Zerguine is chief executive officer (CEO), Sonatrach

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    Iran: Drilling equipment Subscription

    23 April 2014, 14:58 GMT | By

    Provision of horizontal and directional drilling equipment for offshore fields

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    Research reports

    Mena Oil and Gas

    Mena Oil and Gas Projects Report 2014

    In-depth research on the MENA upstream oil and gas, downstream refining and petrochemical sectors, with a focus on the projects market

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