The award is the latest technology contract on the estimated $5,000 million facility, which will have refining capacity of up to 600,000 barrels a day. The US’ Chevron Corporation was chosen in April to license its technology for the atmospheric residue desulphurisation (ARDS) unit, while evaluation of proposals is ongoing for the diesel hydrotreater and hydrogen units (MEED 15:4:05).

KNPC has yet to announce the location of the refinery, although it is understood the government prefers it to be at Al-Zour. Contractor prequalification is set to begin soon.