Australia’s WorleyParsons has been awarded the contract to provide project management consultancy (PMC) services to Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (Takreer) for its planned world-scale aromatics complex at Ruwais. Commercial bids for the contract were submitted in early June (MEED 9:6:06).

Known as the gasoline and aromatics expansion (GAE), the estimated $750 million-1,000 million project involves the production of 600,000 tonnes a year (t/y) of paraxylene through naphtha reforming, with an option to produce benzene and gasoline. The project is expected to take 40 months.

Two tenders are due to be issued in early August for the pre-front-end engineering and design (FEED) and for technology licensing. Companies interested in participating in the pre-FEED tender are expected to include Paris-based Technip, the US’ Fluor Corporation, Mustang and WorleyParsons. A tender for the front-end engineering and design (FEED) package is due to be issued in late 2006.

The US’ Jacobs Engineering has prepared the project’s economic model; US-based Foster Wheeler has carried out the initial feasibility study. Houston-based Purvin & Gertz is carrying out a marketing study.