Bidding resumes on Yanbu export refinery

By OGJ editors
-- Bidding will resume on the second of two major refineries in Saudi Arabia for which work was delayed late last year.

Saudi Aramco and ConocoPhillips have reinstated preconstruction work on the 400,000-b/d refinery they plan at Yanbu, Saudi Arabia.

The full-conversion export refinery will process Arabian heavy crude. Willie C. Chiang, ConocoPhillips senior vice-president, refining, marketing, and transportation, said bidding had resumed “now that markets are more favorable.”

Work had been suspended during a review last year by Aramco of a several major upstream and downstream projects (OGJ, Nov. 17, 2008, p. 29).

Prequalified local and international contractors have received invitations to bid for early work and major Yanbu packages including a coker unit, crude facility, gasoline unit, hydrocracker, tank farm, offsite pipelines, high-voltage electrical facilities, and other infrastructure.

Earlier, the Saudi Aramco Total Refining Petrochemical Co. joint venture announced completion of an award plan for bids on the 400,000-b/d refinery it plans in Jubail, Saudi Arabia (OGJ, June 22, 2009, Newsletter).

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