US firm wins Saudi refinery engineering deal

21 June 2018
Engineering company is to help Saudi refiner optimise production from its main asset

US-based Jacobs Engineering has won a three-year general engineering services (GES) contract from the Yanbu Aramco Sinopec Refining Company (Yasref), the joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Chinese state-run refiner Sinopec.

Jacobs' main scope of work is to help optimise production from Yasref's refinery in Yanbu Industrial City on Saudi Arabia's Red Sea coast.

The value of the contract that Jacobs has won through its Saudi subsidiary, Jacobs Zate, is not known.

Under the terms of the agreement, Jacobs will deliver engineering services, front-end engineering design (feed), procurement, construction management, commissioning support and handover work for a portfolio of Yasref projects at the refinery.

The main project at the Yanbu Industrial City is the 520-hectare full conversion refinery, where Yasref uses 400,000 barrels a day (b/d) of heavy crude oil to produce fuel for vehicles, as well as refined products. The facility came on-stream in 2014.

In a statement posted on its website on 6 June, Jacobs also announced signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with local Saudi firm Expertise Contracting to expand on its plant maintenance and turnaround services offering to Saudi clients.

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