Bids in for refinery revamp

19 August 2005
A US/local joint venture of Fluor Corporationand Almeer Technical Services Company (Atsco)is low bidder at KD 40.5 million ($140 million) for a 30-month engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to install a new instrumentation system at Mina al-Ahmadi refinery. The client, state refinery operator Kuwait National Petroleum Corporation (KNPC), is expected to make an award in the autumn.

Its price was just 2.5 per cent lower than the second best offer of KD 41.5 million ($143 million) submitted by a US/local team of ENGlobal Engineeringand Integral Services Company (Isco). South Korea's Hyundai Engineering & Construction Company ranked third on price, at KD 43 million ($148 million). Two other companies priced the work.

The scope of works covers the modernisation of control and instrumentation systems at the 56-year-old facility and related electro-mechanical works. Mina al-Ahmadi last went through a substantial modernisation programme in 1986, and the project is aimed at making control processes more efficient and improving safety at the refinery, which has nameplate capacity of more than 415,000 barrels a day. Fluor carried out the project's front-end engineering and design (FEED).

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