A proposal is due to be submitted to Al-Khafji Joint Operations, the 50:50 joint venture of Kuwait Gulf Oil Companyand Saudi Arabia's Aramco Gulf Operations, by 12 October from a group of sponsors led by Kuwait Finance House (KFH) for a planned petrochemicals plant in the Divided Zone. The facility will use flared gas from the area. With the exception of the power island, the companies involved and the configurations are the same as for the integrated petrochemicals, power and desalination complex planned in Bahrain (MEED 13:5:05).
The proposed facility will produce about 315,000 tonnes a year (t/y) of ethylene dichloride (EDC), 167,000 t/y of caustic soda, and 30 million gallons a day of desalinated water. The main difference to the Bahrain plant will be that the amount of power will be smaller, at about 200 MW, as opposed to 1,000 MW. The companies involved are the US' Shaw Internationalfor the ethane cracker, Germany's Uhde for the EDC and caustic soda, the US' Chicago Bridge & Ironfor the gas separation unit and Weir Internationalof the UK for the desalination portion. Rolls-Royce, also of the UK, will build the power island. On the Bahrain project, Germany's Siemensis understood to have replaced the US' General Electric (GE)for the power element, after the quotation submitted by GE came in well over the client's budget. KFH is understood to be looking for an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contractor for both projects.