Firms line up for Ruwais sulphur expansion

03 March 2006

About 10 local and international companies submitted prequalifications in late February to Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (Takreer) for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract covering the proposed third-phase expansion of its Ruwais sulphur handling terminal (RSHT). The applicants include the German office of Paris-based Technip, Contracting & Trading Company (CAT) of Lebanon, Larsen & Toubro and Punj Lloyd, both of India, and Al-Jaber Energy Services and Dodsal, both local (MEED 17:2:06).

At present, the installed capacity of RSHT is 7,650 tonnes a day (t/d), with processing capacity of 6,550 t/d. The expansion will increase capacity by 2,420 t/d. Estimated to be worth $150 million-200 million, the scope of works for the EPC contract includes the construction of two 1,100-t/d granulation units, a 11,000-tonne cylindrical liquid and solid storage tank, unloading pit and stations, transfer and unloading pumps, sulphur transfer conveyors, piping work and related facilities. Calgary-based Enersul Partnership is the nominated supplier of the new granulation units.

The contract will include the construction of a 300-metre-long, 12-metre-wide loading berth capable of handling 65,000-dwt Panamax vessels, the dredging of the access channel and turning basin and an export jetty. A tender is due to be issued by the summer, with a target date for completion of the facilities by 2008.

US-based Washington Group International (WGI) has carried out the front-end engineering and design (FEED) package. Tebodin Middle East, part of Tebodin of the Netherlands, is the project management consultant (PMC).

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