A consortium of Spain’s Intecsa Industrial and UAE-based Alsa Engineering has been awarded a $50m contract to build flare gas recovery systems at two refineries in Abu Dhabi, according to a source working on the project.

Project owner Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (Takreer) is installing the systems at its Abu Dhabi and Ruwais refineries to recover the gas lost through flaring and reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide.

Intecsa and Alsa submitted the lowest commercial proposal for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract in August after technical bids were placed on 13 May.

Italy’s Saipem had previously won the consultancy and front-end engineering design (feed) contracts for the project.

The scope of the project includes a vapour header, knockout vessel, liquid seal vessel, liquid ring compressor and motor, heat exchangers, coolers, recycle control valve, three-phase separator and flare stack. The EPC phase is expected to be carried out over two years.

Takreer was formed in 1999 to take over the refining operations of its parent group, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc).

Adnoc is currently tendering or executing flare gas recovery projects across several subsidiaries, including Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company’s (Adma-Opco) operations on Das Island, Abu Dhabi Gas Industries’ (Gasco) plants in Habshan and petrochemicals group Borouge in Ruwais.