State-owned Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (Takreer) plans to issue to issue engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) tenders before the end of March for a new waste-handling facility at the Ruwais industrial complex in the west of the emirate.

Takreer plans to build a new facility to handle, treat and dispose of naturally occurring radioactive materials in Ruwais by the middle of 2014, according to sources close to the project.

Takreer, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc), invited firms in mid-January to express interest in the provision of project management assistance (PMA) for the project. The EPC contract could be awarded as early as June.

The PMA firm is expected to be selected before the middle of 2012 and will supervise and manage the work of the EPC contractor.

Spain’s Tecnicas Reunidas was awarded the front-end engineering and design (feed) for the project in May 2011. The US’ URS Corporation carried out a study to identify the various treatment and disposal facilities required for the disposal and treatment of the materials.

The facility will be integrated with the Central Enivironmental Protection Facility, known as BeAAT, which was completed in 2006, a common facility used to dispose of hazardous waste products from Adnoc and its operating companies.