Bahrain awards management deal for refinery modernisation

14 December 2015

Australia’s WorleyParsons to manage contractors for Bahrain’s largest oil project

Australia-based WorleyParsons has been awarded the project management consultancy (PMC) contract for Bahrain Petroleum Company’s (Bapco) refinery modernisation project.

WorleyParsons was the lowest of three bidders for the contract ahead of US-based KBR and the UK’s Amec Foster Wheeler, MEED reported in November.

In a filing on the Australian Securities Exchange, the company said the deal would generate an expected revenue of A$120m ($87m)

The Bapco Modernisation Programme (BMP) aims to rehabilitate the refinery as well as increase capacity to 360,000 barrels a day (b/d) from 267,000 to b/d. This will be achieved by integrating several units into the existing refinery, WorleyParsons said.

WorleyParsons will assist Bapco to manage, monitor and appraise the activities of the front-end engineering & design (feed) contractor, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors and other contractors to execute the work.

Bapco is expected to invited companies to bid for the EPC packages in 2016. The main packages are likely to be:

  • Offsites and utilities
  • Crude unit and associated facilities
  • Hydrocracker and associated units
  • Residue conversion
  • Hydrogen plant
  • Kerosene Merox unit

In October last year, Bapco awarded a $100m-plus contract to US-based Chevron Lummus Global to carry out design and engineering work on Sitra refinery

The company, a joint venture between the US’ CB&I Lummus and Chevron, will also license its technologies for residue hydrocracking and vacuum gasoil hydrocracking units as part of the refinery’s modernisation programme.

The prior month, Bapco awarded France’s Technip a $55m front-end engineering and design (feed) contract for the refinery’s residue conversion unit (RCU).

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