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Oil - Downstream

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

New projects

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

Kuwait tenders gas pressure system contract Subscription

21 April 2014 | By

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

Joint venture to operate Kurdistan region refinery Subscription

14 April 2014 | By

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

Project bids

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


Saudi Aramco starts Ras Tanura prequalification Subscription

22 July 2014 | By

Revised expansion of Saudi Arabia’s largest oil refinery expected to retendered in third quarter

Muscat, Oman

Oman tenders Muscat-Sohar pipeline Subscription

22 July 2014 | By

Proposed $200m infrastructure scheme to revamp sultanate’s refined products distribution

Larsen & Toubro in front for Kuwait refinery pipeline Subscription

8 July 2014 | By

Crude oil feedstock pipeline vital to Kuwait $15bn New Refinery Project

Oman seeks interest in Liwa Plastics construction tender Subscription

1 July 2014 | By

Companies ask to express interest in $3.6bn petrochemicals project in Sohar

Qaiwan Group tenders Bazian refinery expansion Subscription

25 June 2014 | By

Iraqi Kurdistan company to more than double capacity of Sulaimaniyah operations

Projects awards

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

Floating roof storage tanks

Punj Lloyd wins $236m Kuwait contract Subscription

2 July 2014 | By

Indian construction group to overhaul KNPC fuel depot

Orpic awards contract consultancy deal Subscription

23 June 2014 | By

UK’s Turner & Townsend to provide pre-contract purchasing and procurement support

Joint venture wins equipment contract at Qatar's Pearl GTL Subscription

15 June 2014 | By

Work will involve upgrading turbines and compressors

Saudi Aramco awards China Harbour $550m Jizan contract Subscription

29 May 2014 | By

Port and harbour specialist awarded water intyake facilities for gasification scheme


Oil - downstream market news

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


Saudi Aramco invests in US gas-to-liquids technology Subscription

24 August 2014 | By

Siluria Technologies claims it can produce a gallon of gasoline for $1


Kuwait delays New Refinery Project bid submission deadline Subscription

20 August 2014 | By

$1.1bn New Refinery Project package is pushed back by nearly two months

Mina al-Ahmadi refinery in Kuwait

Workers injured in Kuwait refinery fire Subscription

19 August 2014 | By

Fire breaks out at the Mina al-Ahmadi refinery


Hand over of PetroRabigh expansion Subscription

4 August 2014 | By

Holding company which operates refinery complex will now control $8bn second phase

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

Al-Sisi’s 80 per cent fuel hike is not enough, says BG Group Subscription

8 July 2014 | By

Oil and gas company BG Group calls for debts to be paid and less disruption to feed stocks

Gas pipes

Saudi Aramco confirms $2bn S-Oil deal Subscription

7 July 2014 | By

State-owned oil major now majority shareholder in South Korean oil refinery

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Oil - downstream trends

Yanbu Export Refinery

Yanbu Export Refinery Subscription

3 August 2014

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

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

MEED Quality Awards

Deadline nears for MEED Quality Awards for Projects entries

21 January 2014

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 | 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

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

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MEED commentary


Abu Dhabi moves on oil concession

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

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

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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Kevin Baxter
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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


Kuwait: New refinery project Subscription

4 June 2014 | By

Engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of new refinery project

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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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