State-owned refinery operator Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)has invited 19 prequalified international contractors to bid by 11 October for the contract to upgrade the tank farms at its Mina al-Ahmadi, Mina Abdulla and Shuaiba refineries. An award is expected in the first quarter of 2006. The duration of the contract is 21 months.
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).
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