US, South Korea sign up for Rawdhatain repairs

20 December 2002

A team of US-based Fluor Daniel and South Korea's SK Engineering & Construction was formally awarded on 18 December the contract to repair the damaged facilities at the Rawdhatain oil field in north Kuwait. Estimated to be worth KD 76 million ($237 million), the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract involves the reconstruction of the 300,000-barrel-a-day (b/d) gathering centre (GC) 15 and the supply and installation of a new gas booster station (BS - MEED 13:12:02; 17:5:02).

To be called BS 131, the new 230 million-cubic-feet-a-day facility will be built at the site of BS 130, which was badly damaged in the explosion last January. The GC 15 work will take 19 months, while BS 131 will take 29 months. The Fluor/SK team will also install new high-pressure gas-lifting facilities with capacity of about 2,000 pounds a square inch and carry out related in-field piping works.

The US' Parsons Engineering Corporation will act as project management consultant; the client is Kuwait Oil Company.

The January explosion at Rawdhatain reduced Kuwait's oil production capacity by about 600,000 b/d (MEED 8:2:02).

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