State-refiner Kuwait National Petroleum Corporation (KNPC) has prequalified seven engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) groups to bid for its estimated $18bn refinery upgrade megaproject.

The clean fuels project (CFP) covers the upgrade of the Mina al-Ahmadi and Mina Abdullah refineries to boost their combined capacity to 800,000 barrels a day (b/d) from 736,000 b/d.

The project has been split into three packages. The first covers process units and revamp work at the Mina al-Ahmadi refinery. The second package is for process units at the Mina Abdullah and Shuaiba refineries, while the final package covers the entire scope of facilities at Mina al-Ahmadi. The consortiums will only be allowed to bid on a maximum of two of the three packages available.

KNPC is yet to announce the prequalified firms for its second megaproject to build a new 615,000 b/d refinery at Al-Zour in the south of the country.

Clean Fuels Project prequalified firms
# Joint venture Lead firm Number of packages
1 KBR (US)/China Huanqiu Contracting & Engineering Corporation (China) KBR 2
2 Petrofac (UK)/Samsung Engineering (South Korea)/CB & Netherland Petrofac 2
3 JGC Corporation (Japan)/SK Engineering & Construction (South Korea)/GS Engineering & Construction (South Korea) JGC 2
4 Saipem (Italy)/Hyundai Engineering & Construction (South Korea)/Hyundai Heavy Industries (South Korea)/Daelim Industrial (South Korea) Saipem 2
5 Chiyoda Corporation (Japan)/CTCI (Taiwan)/Larsen & Toubro (India) Chiyoda 1
6 Tecnicas Reunidas (Spain)/Sinopec Engineering (China)/Hanwha Engineering & Construction (South Korea) Tecnicas Reunidas 1
7 Fluor (US)/Hyundai Heavy Industries/Daewoo Engineering & Construction (South Korea) Fluor 2
Source: KNPC