Russia's Stroytransgaz Oilis in negotiations with the Petroleum & Mineral Resources Ministry and the Syrian Investment Office (SIO) for an estimated $2,000 million integrated refinery and petrochemical complex at Deir al-Zor, in the northeast. Sources at the ministry say the complex is in addition to the government's plans to build a refinery at Deir al-Zor with capacity of 140,000 barrels a day. Senior SIO officials told MEED in late October that Stroytransgaz was working on the project with the ministry in co-ordination with the SIO. The plan will then be submitted to the Supreme Council for a final decision.
The plan is the latest in a series of projects being pursued by the Russian oil company's parent Stroytransgaz. In early October, it was awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build a 36-inch-diameter, 324-kilometre-long gas pipeline from the Jordanian border to the Al-Rayan area east of Homs. The project will be split into two phases. Phase 1 includes the construction of a 90-kilometre section to Deir Ali power station. Phase 2 will entail the construction of a pipeline, including four receiving stations and 12 valve stations on to Al-Rayan in Homs. The entire project will be completed within 22 months, with work due to start in mid-November (MEED 7:10:05). The company is also bidding for the engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning (EPIC) contract to build a gas treatment plant in the southern half of the Palmyra gas reserves region. Syrian Gas Company (SGC)is expected to make an award imminently (MEED 16:9:05).