Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)has started evaluating bids for the project management services (PMS) and front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract covering the construction of its fourth refinery and upgrades to its three existing refineries. The client is aiming to award the work by the start of Ramadan (MEED 10:9:04).
Four international companies submitted bids in mid-September for the work, although it is understood that only three US-based companies are now in contention. They are Fluor Daniel, Bechteland Foster Wheeler. The tender covers PMS/FEED services for the new 400,000-barrel-a-day grassroots refinery to be built at Shuaiba as well as FEED services for upgrades planned at the Mina al-Ahmadi, Mina Abdullah and Shuaiba refineries. KNPC has the option to award the work to one or more companies. The fourth refinery, approved by the government in August, will cost about $800 million. The upgrade of the existing refineries is aimed at increasing capacity and lowering sulphur content in products.