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|