Technical bids were submitted on 6 March for a contract to carry out a process study for the debottlenecking of the condensate-processing trains at the Ruwais refinery. The bidders include Paris-based Technip-Coflexip, and Bechtel and Fluor Daniel, both US-based. Commercial bids are due to be returned on 9 March.
The estimated $50 million-60 million project is aimed at increasing the nameplate capacity of the two 140,000-barrel-a-day (b/d) condensate-processing trains by 20 per cent. The client is Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (Takreer).
In November 2000, Takreer announced that it had started full production from the trains, which were built by Italy's Snamprogetti. The facilities include two identical condensate distillation units (trains 1 and 2), an 11,000-b/d liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) amine-sweetening unit, two 46,500-b/d naphtha stabilisation units and two 52,000-b/d kerosene-sweetening units.
Support structures include 23 floating roof storage tanks, product-blending units and shipping facilities. The trains treat condensate from phase 1 of both the onshore gas development (OGD-1) and the Asab gas development (AGD-1 - MEED 1:12:00).
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