ABB Lummus opts for more Sasref work

15 November 2007
US-based ABB Lummus Global has opted to carry out the main engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract for the ultra-low sulphur diesel complex at the Jubail-based Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery Company (Sasref) refinery. ABB, which beat competition from the US’ Jacobs Engineering to win the original front-end engineering and design (FEED) deal in 2006, held the option to carry out the main construction contract under the original terms of the agreement (MEED 24:11:06).

The estimated $200 million-300 million project covers the construction of a diesel hydrocracker, hydrogen processing unit, sulphur recovery and sour water treatment units.

A source close to the project tells MEED that ABB has started work on the EPCM part of the project in the past six weeks, although it has not been tendered separately.

Sasref, a 50:50 joint venture of Saudi Aramco and the Royal Dutch/Shell Group, operates the 305,000-barrel-a-day refinery, which receives Arabian light crude from Aramco.

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