Called the pumping plant C refurbishment, the contract involves: the supply and installation of 13 new pumps, along with motors, cabling and associated switchgears; provision of stop logs, bandscreens, discharge pipes, valves and manifolds; modification of the existing switchgear and associated electrical and control systems; construction of a 1.8-metre-diameter pipeline; installation of a 11-kV diesel generator; extension of an existing concrete structure; and related civil works.

The electro-mechanical works will be carried out on a design-build basis, while the civil works will be on a lump-sum basis. A tender is due to be issued by the end of October for the 18-20-month project. The consultant is the UK’s Mott MacDonald.

The C plant, built in 1977, is one of two pumping units operated by PAI to provide seawater cooling facilities to various plants in the Shuaiba industrial area. At present, the plant has 12 operational pumps serving the Mina al-Ahmadi refinery and a nearby liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) plant.