Full steam ahead for ERU

21 November 2003
Refinery operator Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) has invited companies to express interest by 30 November for the ethane recovery unit (ERU) project at Shuaiba (MEED 26:9:03).

The plant will be designed to handle 1,140 million cubic feet a day of gas and will extract ethane from the lean gas of the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) unit at the Mina al-Ahmadi refinery. The US' Fluor Daniel has carried out the front-end engineering and design (FEED) package for the estimated KD 110 million ($365 million) project.

Lean gas will be supplied to KNPC by Kuwait Oil Company, which operates oil fields in the north, west and southwest.

The ERU project will supply additional feedstock for new ethylene and ethylene derivative capacity planned to be built at Shuaiba (MEED 8:5:03).

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