Foster Wheeler wins ARIC FEED

01 March 2002

The local Al-Rajhi International Contracting (ARIC)appointed in mid February US-based Foster Wheeler Corporationto carry out the front-end engineering and design (FEED) and project management consultancy for its proposed Jubail complex. The award leaves the way open for a lump sum turnkey tender to be issued by the end of the year (MEED 27:7:01).

The proposed complex will comprise a normal paraffin (n-paraffin) plant with a capacity of 120,000 tonnes a year (t/y) and a linear alkyl benzene (LAB) plant with a capacity of 70,000 t/y. Much of the n-paraffin is to be used as feedstock for the LAB unit.

ARIC has already secured technology from the US' UOP, a feedstock agreement with Saudi Aramcoand a Jubail industrial city site allocation from the Royal Commission for Jubail & Yanbu. The company says that both the n-paraffin and LAB are to be marketed in the kingdom and abroad. The FEED package is expected to take six-nine months to complete. Plant commissioning is scheduled for 2004.

Another project, planned for Yanbu, also proposes to produce n-paraffin and LAB. The Saudi Indo Petrochemical Company (Sipco)is a joint venture between Bahrain -registered Gulf Petroproduct Companyand local investors. It plans to produce 100,000 t/y of n-paraffin and 80,000 t/y of LAB. Sipco is also seeking to secure UOP licensing for its plant. Both companies maintain the market can support competing n-paraffin and LAB projects (MEED 8:2:02).

A MEED Subscription...

Subscribe or upgrade your current package to support your strategic planning with the MENA region’s best source of business information. Proceed to our online shop below to find out more about the features in each package.

Get Notifications