Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)has issued a tender for the contract to build an ethane recovery unit (ERU) at the Mina al-Ahmadi refinery in Shuaiba. Bids are due by 3 October and a pre-bid meeting is scheduled for 24 July (see Tenders).

About 10 companies are understood to have prequalified for the contract, among them Hyundai Engineering & Construction, Daelim Engineering & Construction, SK Engineering & Constructionand LG Engineering & Construction, all of South Korea, Paris-based Technip, Foster Wheelerof the US, JGC Corporationand Chiyoda Corporation, both of Japan, Italy’s Snamprogetti and the UK’s Costain.

The estimated KD 110 million ($365 million) project calls for the construction of an ERU plant designed to handle 1,140 million cubic feet a day of gas and extract ethane from the lean gas of the refinery’s liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) unit. Shell Technology, part of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group, has been awarded the technology licensing package for the main unit and the US’ Fluor Danielhas completed front-end engineering and design (FEED) studies (MEED 30:4:04).