The RGDP calls for installation of additional and improved sulphur recovery and sour water stripping facilities, including a revamp of the existing desulphurisation unit, installation of a new olefinic gas treatment unit and replacement of a current sulphur recovery unit. The approval of the project follows the award last December of the contract for the largest element in the investment programme, the installation of a low-sulphur diesel production unit, to Japan’s JGC Corporation(MEED 2:1:04).

The board meeting also approved the appointment of Hussain Tadayon as Bapco’s new chief executive. Tadayon, a Bahraini who first joined the company in 1967, has been acting chief executive since May 2003 following the departure of Johann Lubbe.