• Petrofac awarded Fadhili sulphur recovery plant
  • UK-listed engineering group was low bidder for construction package
  • Scope of work includes the construction of six sulphur recovery trains

Petrofac has been awarded the contract to build a sulphur recovery plant as part of the Fadhili gas plant project in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, the UK-based engineering group has confirmed.

MEED revealed in September revealed the Petrofac had been selected for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) package by project owner Saudi Aramco after submitting the lowest bid of between $1.35bn and $1.7bn.

Petrofac’s proposal was strongly contested by the second-lowest bidder – a consortium of South Korea’s Daewoo Engineering & Construction and Samsung Engineering – but Aramco eventually settled on Petrofac’s bid, according to several sources.

Petrofac’s scope of work includes the construction of six sulphur recovery trains with associated facilities for the sulphur and heavy duty oil handling, loading, unloading and storage; sour water stripper, flare system and waste water treatment plant.

The package is the third of four major EPC tenders on the Fadhili gas plant project – a greenfield development located 30km west of Jubail near the Gulf coast.

When completed, the gas plant will have a capacity for around 2.5 billion cf/d and will process sour gas from the Khursaniyah oil field and the Hasbah non-associated gas field.

MEED also reported in September that Spain’s Tecnicas Reunidas (TR) had been selected for the first and second packages of the project – the central gas processing facility and the offsites & utilities.

Sources told MEED in October that TR was in the process of signing the documents for the two EPC contracts.

The fourth EPC package is on the pipeline connecting the gas plant to the oil and gas fields. Bids have been submitted for the package no announcement has yet been made on the award.