Project managers track GAE project

27 January 2006
At least five companies responded to an initial inquiry by 14 January to Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (Takreer) for the position of project manager on its planned world-scale aromatics complex at Ruwais. The bidders are Foster Wheeler, Mustang Engineering and Washington Group International, all of the US, the UK's Black & Veatch and WorleyParsons of Australia (MEED 2:9:05).

Known as the gasoline and aromatics expansion (GAE), the scheme will involve the production of 600,000 tonnes a year (t/y) of paraxylene through naphtha reforming, with an option to produce 335,000-775,000 t/y of benzene and 3.8 million-4.85 million t/y of gasoline. The scheme is estimated to cost $750 million-$1,000 million.

'It [the project] is at an initial stage and the final product slate and plant capacity is likely to change after the FEED [front-end engineering and design] and marketing studies are complete,' says an industry source. Takreer is due to issue a tender by early March for the FEED package. The project will take about 40 months to build.

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

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