The scope of works on the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract calls for the relocation of existing tanks and the installation of interface detection & transfer (ITR) systems, blenders and pipeline interface detection systems and new tanks for the slops systems and pipeline interface collection. It also covers the supply and installation of 24-inch-diameter pipelines, shipping systems and new pumps, and instrumentation and electrical works.

The project is the first of several packages on KNPC’s $3,500 million refineries upgrade programme. Other packages to be tendered later in the year include upgrades and renovations to control and safety systems and the main process units (MEED 10:6:05).

The programme is being conducted in tandem with the estimated $6,000 million project to build a new grassroots refinery in Al-Zour, for which invitations to bid are expected to be released in October. The US’ Fluor Corporationis the front-end engineering and design (FEED) contractor and project management consultant (PMC) on both schemes (MEED 20:4:05).