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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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Oman seeks firms for Duqm seawater supply Subscription

11 March 2015 | By

Facility to supply and dispose of seawater for proposed Duqm refinery

Global biofuels production and Fujairah oil and gas projects

Petrixo to tender $1.3bn biofuels refinery Subscription

23 February 2015 | By

Fujairah facility to produce 1 million tonnes a year of fuels from 2016


Egypt mulls $9bn refinery Subscription

9 February 2015 | By

Cairo considers presenting the project to investors at its Sharm el-Sheikh conference

Project bids


Kuwait to retender Al-Zour tankage package Subscription

16 April 2015 | By

State downstream operator believes contractors could not justify high prices


Bidders on New Refinery pipeline renew bonds Subscription

13 April 2015 | By

Contractors voice concerns about possible retendering


No quick decision on Al-Zour retender Subscription

30 March 2015 | By

Senior official says he does not expect early verdict on refinery’s future


Commercial bids submitted for refinery Subscription

16 March 2015 | By

Contracts expected to be awarded in late Q2 or Q3 for Fujairah refinery

New Refinery Project bids $4.2bn over budget

New Refinery Project bids $4.2bn over budget Subscription

10 March 2015 | By

Price differences stoke concerns the project will be retendered by Kuwait


Tecnicas Reunidas bids low on Kuwait gas train Subscription

9 March 2015 | By

Spanish contractor submits price of $1.45bn for Mina al-Ahmadi contract

Egypt and Kuwait to partner on downstream projects

Prices revealed for Kuwait’s Al-Zour Refinery Subscription

9 March 2015 | By

Consortiums led by Tecnicas Reunidas and Fluor bid low


Contractors prepare for Kuwait refinery deadlines Subscription

4 March 2015 | By

Bid submission dates loom for the New Refinery Project and the Mina al-Ahmadi gas train

Projects awards


Aramco awards final major Jizan package Subscription

20 April 2015 | By

$20bn refinery and power plant complex in southwest of Saudi Arabia ready to enter construction phase


UK firm awarded Oman services contract Subscription

26 March 2015 | By

Engineering group to provide technical services to refineries and petrochemicals plants

The offtake will be sold in-kingdom to steel, aluminium and titanium oxide producers

Hanwha wins $350m Saudi project Subscription

24 February 2015 | By

South Korean contractor to build calcined petroleum coke plant

GPS consortium wins Oman oil pipeline deal

GPS consortium wins Oman oil pipeline deal Subscription

18 December 2014 | By

Work involves building refined products pipeline linking Muscat and Sohar



State oil company requests bigger budget for Al-Zour Subscription

15 April 2015 | By

Kuwait National Petroleum Company seeks permission to spend an extra $2.88bn


Kuwait discusses Al-Zour refinery package Subscription

11 February 2015 | By

Contractors invited to meeting on price discrepancy on Al-Zour New Refinery Project marine package

Oil - downstream market news


Saudi Arabia refinery makes first petcoke shipment Subscription

13 April 2015 | By

Yasref complex in Yanbu continues to ramp up production to full capacity

Bahri signs shipping deal with S-Oil

Bahri signs shipping deal with S-Oil Subscription

13 April 2015 | By

Saudi company agrees to 10-year deal

Sohar refinery in Oman

Oman tenders coke storage and handling facilities Subscription

5 April 2015 | By

Companies given deadline for project in Port of Sohar


UK firm awarded Oman services contract Subscription

26 March 2015 | By

Engineering group to provide technical services to refineries and petrochemicals plants

Egypt petrochemicals

Mostorod New Refinery is 50 per cent complete Subscription

15 March 2015 | By

Qalaa Holdings says the $3.7bn project will create 10,000 construction jobs at its peak


Bids in for Al-Zour refinery packages Subscription

9 March 2015 | By

Contractors submit bids for the New Refinery Project process packages


Jizan refinery and power plant scheduled for 2018 Subscription

25 February 2015 | By

If execution goes to schedule commissioning of both will start in 2017

Kuwait oil and gas awards

Oil and gas packages worth $11.6bn see delays in Kuwait Subscription

11 February 2015 | By

Al-Zour New Refinery Project and Mina al-Ahmadi gas train among the delayed projects

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Oil - downstream trends

Fujairah oil storage capacity

Fujairah oil storage continues rapid expansion Subscription

30 March 2015 | By

Capacity demand rises as traders hold stocks while crude prices stay low

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Sadara Chemical is Jubail’s game changer Video Subscription

10 March 2015 | By ,

The imminent opening of the Sadara chemicals project signals the start of a new era of growth for the city

Refined products sales

Saudi refining plan hinges on curbing subsidies Subscription

1 March 2015 | By

Kingdom aims to become world’s second-largest exporter of refined products

Kuwait oil and gas contract awards

Record oil and gas contract awards expected in Kuwait Subscription

6 January 2015 | By

Project contracts worth $21.5bn due to be awarded over 2015


A new era for contracting Subscription

11 December 2014 | By

The recent price dispute at Aramco’s Jizan project suggests a new period of less aggressive bidding is around the corner

Current account balance

A lifeline for oil importers Subscription

11 December 2014 | By

Low oil prices will provide an economic boost for Middle East and North Africa

Fujairah's location on the Gulf of Oman coast gives it direct access to the Indian Ocean, a geographical advantage that has attracted investment in key energy infrastructure over the past decade

Oil and gas drives $9bn projects pipeline in Fujairah Subscription

13 November 2014 | By

Emirate’s access to Indian Ocean attracts investment

Yanbu Export Refinery

Yanbu Export Refinery Subscription

22 September 2014

The refinery, jointly owned by Saudi Aramco and China Petrochemical Corporation, will have a capacity of 400,000 barrels a day

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MEED commentary

Kevin Baxter

Saudi Aramco welcomes Jizan investors

23 April 2015 | By

Acwa Holding and Air Products will build world’s largest industrial gas complex


The real work at Jizan starts now

21 April 2015 | By

The execution phase will offer up some huge challenges at the extremely complex scheme


Kuwait’s Al-Zour refinery negotiations at a critical juncture Subscription

31 March 2015 | By Wil Crisp

KNPC to decide on possible re-tender

Kevin Baxter

Aramco programme looks to the future Subscription

29 March 2015 | By

Oil major ties up long-term engineering contract and calls time on ageing refinery

Wil Crisp

Kuwait could re-tender Al-Zour refinery Subscription

26 March 2015 | By

Refinery negotiations reach critical point as state oil firm holds talks with contractors

Aramco calls time on Jeddah refinery

Aramco calls time on Jeddah refinery Subscription

17 March 2015 | By

Decommissioning the aged facility seems to be the right way to go, given the new refineries coming online in the kingdom


Kuwait's Al-Zour refinery in danger of stalling Subscription

11 March 2015 | By

Any new delays to the refinery project must be avoided

Kevin Baxter

Aramco pushing ahead with Jizan refinery Subscription

5 March 2015

The $20bn investment is expected to drive growth in the remote area of Saudi Arabia

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Special reports


Oil & Gas: Times are changing for the region’s refiners

16 February 2015

Refining companies may have to rethink their refining investment strategies to overcome the uncertainty of low oil prices

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Top 100 Projects, Q4 2014 Subscription

4 February 2015 | By

The largest projects in the Middle East, listed by value


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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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Mohammad Ghazi al-Mutairi Subscription

22 January 2015

Mohammad Ghazi al-Mutairi is CEO, Kuwait National Petroleum Company

Abdulrahman al-Wuhaib Subscription

9 March 2014

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

Abdulrahman F. Al-Wuhaib

Abdulrahman F. al-Wuhaib

20 February 2014

Abdulrahman F. Al-Wuhaib

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

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Meet the analysts

Kevin Baxter
Energy and Industries Editor
Countries covered: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Algeria

Phone: +971 (0)4 818 0246

Mark Watts
Energy and Industries Reporter
Countries covered: UAE, Oman, Iran

Phone: +971 (0)4 818 0248


Iraq: Instrument supply Subscription

13 April 2015

The supply of instrument and meters for the oil industry

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Research reports

Oil & Gas

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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