UAE-based Rotary Engineering Fujairah has been awarded a contract to build storage tanks as part of the project to expand the Jebel Ali oil refinery in Dubai.

The contract was awarded by Emirates National Oil Company (Enoc) for the construction of 12 tanks to store jet fuel, naphtha and gasoline blend stocks.

Other bidders for the storage tanks were thought to include Singapore’s Audex, India-based Tata Projects and France’s Technip. The package was tendered in November 2016.

The $1bn project to expand the Jebel Ali refinery is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2019.

In September 2016 Enoc said that France’s Technip had been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) deal for the new refinery processing units, confirming a report by MEED in August.

“Our $1bn expansion project at the Jebel Ali refinery is a key part of the UAE’s downstream strategy to be self-sufficient in domestic fuels, as well as expanding the slate of products on offer for export,” says Enoc CEO Saif al-Falasi.

The expansion is aiming to increase the capacity of the refinery to 210,000 barrels a day (b/d) from a current capacity of 140,000 b/d.

The front-end engineering and design (feed) study on the project was carried out by US-based KBR, while the licensor technology has been provided by the US’ Honeywell UOP, French group Axens and Italy’s KT.