The selection came after fresh prices were submitted in mid-September by three companies – Paris-based Technip, Engineers India (EIL)and Foster Wheeler. The repricing exercise was held as prices offered in the original round of bidding came in well above budget.

The contract involves the installation of a 70,000-barrel-a-day (b/d) hydrotreater and a continuous catalytic reformer (CCR) unit, associated works and an upgrade to existing facilities. The facilities will take about two years to complete. The Glasgow office of Foster Wheeler is the front-end engineering and design (FEED) contractor.

EPCL is the operator of the 120,000-b/d refinery, which comprises two 60,000-b/d distillation units and five Merox sweetening units with associated offsites and utilities.