Bids invited for Basra upgrade

31 October 2003
Bids have been invited by 15 December for the contract to upgrade process units at the Basra refinery. The project entails installing a new diesel hydro-desulphurisation unit at the facility, which has capacity to produce 140,000 barrels a day (b/d) of crude. South Refinery Companyis the client.

The Basra contract is the second major refinery upgrade tender issued. At the Doora refinery, bidding is under way for the replacement of a 10,000-b/d reformer unit and a 13,000-b/d diesel hydro-desulphurisation unit. The client, the Midland Refinery Company, has recently extended the bid deadline by a month to 15 December for the contract. The extension will give prospective bidders time to review a study on the project, which is being prepared by US licensor UOP(MEED 3:10:03).

The prospective bidders for the Doora contract are Paris-based Technip, Foster Wheeler, Kellogg Brown & Rootand P arsons International, all of the US, Sharjah-based Petrofac International, Italy's Snamprogetti, South Korea's SK Engineering & Constructionand Germany's Uhde.

Doora, which produces about 80,000 b/d of mostly middle distillates for the domestic market, is located close to Baghdad.

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