Iraqi Kurdistan-based Qaiwan Group has yet to award contracts for the construction of a planned refinery expansion and oil pipeline in Sulaimaniyah province.

The company has been negotiating with engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors on the third-phase expansion of its Bazian refinery.

At the same time, the company had received EPC bids for an 85-kilometre pipeline connecting Bazian to the Taq Taq and Bina Bawi oil fields.

The contracts awards are expected to be announced in September at the earliest.

The local group wants to increase the facility’s refining capacity to 100,000 barrels a day (b/d) from the current 34,000 b/d by 2018.

The front-end engineering and design (feed) study for the scheme was carried out by France’s Technip. The EPC phase for the refinery expansion was not publicly tendered, with Qaiwan Group choosing to deal with potential contractors individually.

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