New gas processing plant to be located at Mina al-Ahmadi refinery
State refiner Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) has invited engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors to prequalify for the delayed contract for a fifth gas processing train at the Mina al-Ahmadi refinery.
Prequalification documents will be available from KNPC from 11 November and are due for submission by 8 January 2013.
The estimated $900m was expected to be launched in early 2012, but the process has been pushed back along with Kuwait’s other major downstream schemes; the $16bn Clean Fuels Project, the $15bn New Refinery Project and the $700m new sulphur handling facility. KNPC now says it plans to launch tenders in February 2013.
The new train will increase Kuwait’s gas production capacity to 805 million cubic feet a day (cf/d) and 106,000 barrels a day (b/d) of liquids. It is aimed at meeting the increasing upstream production capacity from state-owned Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) and Kuwait Gulf Oil Company (KGOC).
The new facility will include:
- Pre-treatment unit
- Natural gas liquid (NGL) recovery unit
- Fractionation column
- Product treatment unit
- Propane refrigeration unit
- Deep refrigeration unit
- Sour water stripper
- De-mineralised water plant
- Fuel gas treatment unit
- Tie-ins with existing facilities to increase the gas treating capacity.
The UK’s Amec was appointed in April 2011 to carry out the scheme’s front-end engineering and design (feed) and its project management consultancy (PMC).
The fourth gas train is currently still under construction by South Korea’s Daelim under a $886m awarded in June 2010. Due for completion before the end of 2013, the plant will processes more than 800 million cf/d of gas and 100,000 b/d of condensates.
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