Almost $12bn-worth of contracts approved for refinery upgrades
Kuwaits Central Tenders Committee (CTC) has approved the consortiums led by Japanese, UK and US contractors for three engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) packages that make up the $12bn Clean Fuels Project (CFP).
Japans JGC Corporation, the UK-listed Petrofac and the US Fluor Corporation led the group bidding for work on the long-awaited scheme to upgrade Kuwaits existing refineries.
MEED reported in December that bids were submitted by five consortiums. The three lowest bidders were:
- Mina al-Ahmadi refinery $4.8bn: JGC Corporation/SK Engineering & Construction (South Korea)/GS Engineering & Construction (South Korea)
- Mina Abdullah 1 refinery $3.7bn: Petrofac/Samsung Engineering (South Korea)/CB&I Lummus (US)
- Mina Abdullah 2 refinery $3.4bn: Fluor Corporation/Hyundai Heavy Industries (South Korea)/Daewoo Engineering & Construction (South Korea)
The client, state-owned Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC), is expected to sign the contracts by the middle of March, according to sources close to the project. At $4.8bn JGCs deal will be the largest single contract ever awarded in the GCC.
The CFP covers the revamp of three of Kuwaits existing refineries to improve their efficiency and meet higher international fuel standards. The scheme involves upgrades and expansions of the Mina al-Ahmadi and Mina Abdullah refineries to increase their combined capacity to 800,000 barrels a day (b/d), from 736,000 b/d currently. The Shuaiba refinery, which sits between the two, will be retired as its rehabilitation has been deemed economically unfeasible.
In development since 2007, the project has suffered several long delays due to bureaucracy and the tense relationship between the government and parliament.
Following closely behind the CFP is the New Refinery Project (NRP). KNPC has now selected several EPC groups to bid on two of the packages. However, these do not include a list of prequalified firms for the new refinerys main process plants or the offsites and utilities package, despite receiving applications almost a year ago. KNPC has previously said it would wait for the results of the CFP bids before issuing tenders for the new refinery.
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