The EPC contract will take 36 months to complete. It focuses on installing a range of new units at the existing Ruwais refinery in the west of the emirate. These include two continuous catalytic reformers, each of 12,000 barrels a day (b/d); heavy and light naphtha hydrotreaters, with a total capacity of 31,700 b/d; a 15,000-b/d gas/oil hydrotreater; a sulphur plant; and utilities.

Technip-Coflexip’s closest competitor for the ULG work was Italy’s Snamprogetti. The two other bidders were Japan’s JGC Corporationand US-based Bechtel. The latter carried out the front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract for the upgrade.