Fertil plans major capacity hike

15 July 2005
At least four companies submitted technical and commercial bids on 10 July to Ruwais Fertiliser Industries (Fertil) for a contract to carry out a feasibility study into a major expansion of its existing facilities. With a total investment cost of about $450 million, the expansion will call for the construction of ammonia, urea and granulations units, along with related utilities. The bidders include Canada's SNC Lavalin, WorleyParsons of Australia and Shaw Group and Jacobs Engineering, both US-based (MEED 27:5:05).

Two companies - Fluor Corporation of the US and Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) - have submitted bids for the process technology.

Through a series of debottleneckings, actual capacity at Fertil is running at 1,340 t/d of ammonia and 1,850 t/d of urea. The proposed expansion is aimed at utilising additional volumes of feedstock gas to be supplied from the Asab, Bab and Thamama C oil fields.

Along with the expansion of existing facilities, Fertil is also pursuing plans to debottleneck its urea production unit. Commercial and technical bids are under evaluation for the position of project manager to oversee the front-end engineering and design (FEED) package. The bidders are SNC, WorleyParsons, Shaw and Jacobs. The scheme will involve the installation of a 350-t/d carbon dioxide unit and a granulation unit of substantial capacity.

Fertil is a 66.7:33.3 joint venture of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)and France's Total, and was established in 1980.

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