ARC shortlists three for upgrade

05 October 2001

The local Azzawiya Refinery Company (ARC)has drawn up a shortlist of three companies for the contract to upgrade the 100,000-barrel-a-day (b/d) Azzawiya refinery. South Korea's LG Engineeringis the low bidder with an offer of just under $400 million, followed by France's Technip and Italy's Snamprogetti.

The project involves the installation of a new continuous catalytic reformer unit, naphtha and gas/oil hydrotreaters, isomerisation units, a sulphur plant, and associated utilities and infrastructure. The selected contractor will also carry out the rehabilitation of the existing topping units at the plant. Completion of the upgrade is scheduled for early 2003 (MEED 16.2.01).

ARC is also planning a second phase of development, which is expected to include a new residual fluidised catalytic cracker, methyl tertiary butyl ether facilities, and an additional sulphur treatment plant. France's IFP is the technology licensor.

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