State refinery operator Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)has invited international consultants to submit proposals by 20 August for a contract to carry out a feasibility study on an upgrade to existing solid sulphur handling and ship-loading facilities at its Mina al-Ahmadi refinery.
The successful consultant will also conduct studies to identify the cause of current bottlenecks at the facility, as well as the feasibility of establishing a loading facility for ships up to 40,000 dwt. Once the study is complete, KNPC is likely to tender an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to increase capacity through debottlenecking. In 2002, India's Larsen & Toubro was awarded two 24-month EPC contracts worth a total of KD 7.5 million ($24 million) for the upgrade and revamp of sulphur recovery units (SRUs) at the Shuaiba and Mina Abdullah refineries (MEED 19:7:02; 29:3:02). The first contract increased the capacity of the SRU at Shuaiba to 700 tonnes a day (t/d) from 270 t/d. The second contract covered an increase in the SRU capacity at Mina Abdullah to 400 t/d from 270 t/d. The US' Parsons Engineering Corporation carried out the basic engineering and design for both schemes.
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