Iraqi Kurdistan-based Qaiwan Group has yet to make final decisions on awards for the expansion of its Bazian oil refinery and pipeline, according to a senior source from the company.

MEED revealed in November that the company was negotiating with engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors for the third-phase expansion of the refinery in Sulaimaniyah province.

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 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.