KNPC picks 17 firms to bid on refinery

Eric Watkins
Senior Correspondent

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 2 -- Kuwait National Petroleum Co. has selected 17 international companies to bid for construction of the 615,000 b/d al-Zour refinery at a cost of $14 billion.

The companies include Snamprogetti, Technip, GS Engineering & Construction Corp., SK Engineering & Construction Co., Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co., Hyundai Heavy Industries, JGC Corp., Petrofac International Ltd., and Saipem SA.

Also included are Foster Wheeler Energy, WGI Middle East, Daelim Industrial Co., Daewoo Engineering & Construction, CB&I, Archirodon Construction, and Gulf Leighton LLC. Fluor Corp. also was reported still in talks for parts of a tender.

The project will be divided into four major parts: two manufacturing units, utilities and services, storage tanks, and a pier. In September, KNPC's board announced the allocation of a 4 billion-dinar budget for the refinery project (OGJ Online, Sept. 27, 2007).

Contact Eric Watkins at hippalus@yahoo.com.

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