Uhde wins more Qafco work

20 December 2002

Germany's Uhdehas been awarded further contract work on the Qatar Fertiliser Company (Qafco)complex at Mesaieed. The latest orders, totalling an estimated Eur 20 million ($21 million), cover basic engineering for the debottlenecking of the Qafco III plant and the engineering and procurement for an upgrade of the power systems on the Qafco I and II units. Uhde is already on site at Mesaieed, having been awarded last year the $420 million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the Qafco IV project (MEED 27:7:01).

The basic engineering for the Qafco III debottlenecking is due to be completed by July 2003, after which separate detailed EPC packages will be issued by the client. The Qafco III plant, completed by Uhde in 1997, has design capacity of 1,500 tonnes a day (t/d) of ammonia and 2,200 t/d of urea. On the debottlenecking's completion, capacity will be raised to 1,900 t/d of ammonia and 3,000 t/d of urea.

Uhde is due to complete the engineering and procurement contract for the power upgrade by October 2003. It centres on the installation of a new high-voltage substation at units I and II, which went on stream in 1972 and 1979 respectively. The project will also see the power supply integrated at Qafco's four plants.

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