Technip takes ULG contract

28 June 2002

Paris-based Technip-Coflexipis understood to have received a letter of award for the unleaded gasoline (ULG) project in Abu Dhabi emirate and was due to sign in late June the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with the client, Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (Takreer). The award, valued at about $460 million, came two months after the contractor submitted the low bid in a repricing exercise (MEED 26:4:02).

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.

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