Mombasa refinery upgrade design under study

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Dec. 5 -- Kenya Petroleum Refineries Ltd. (KPRL) has awarded a contract to Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd. to prepare the "basis of design" for an upgrade of its 85,500 b/cd hydroskimming refinery and for a products import terminal at Mombasa, Kenya.

The refinery, with two trains, has catalytic reforming capacity of 8,100 b/cd and catalytic hydrotreating capacity of 36,000 b/cd. The upgrade will allow production of products meeting specifications required under the Dakar Declaration whereby Kenya must begin using unleaded gasoline and low-sulfur diesel by January 2006. It is expected to satisfy Kenya's future demand for products, including domestic consumption beyond 2015 and LPG for export.

The contract calls for Foster Wheeler to produce a technical definition and duty specifications for the licensed units, a project execution plan, and cost estimate for the upgrade.

KPRL shareholders are the Kenya government 50%, Royal Dutch Shell PLC 17.1%, BP PLC. 17.1%, and ChevronTexaco Global Energy Inc. 15.8%.

Separately, Foster Wheeler's South African operation is conducting front end engineering and design for KPRL for an LPG terminal option, centralizing LPG import, storage, and distribution, and a feasibility study for refined petroleum products import. Work under this contract is scheduled to be complete by yearend.

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