Contracts awarded for South American, Russian refineries

Warren R. True
Chief Technology Editor-LNG/Gas Processing

HOUSTON, July 28 -- Refinery contracts have been awarded for work in South America and Russia.

Suriname national oil company Staatsolie will expand its 7,000-b/cd Tout Lul Faut refinery to 15,000 b/d under a contract awarded to Saipem, the Italian contractor reported. Also, Russia’s third-largest oil company, TNK-BP, has awarded two automation and services contracts to Invensys Operations Management, Plano, Tex.

The Staatsolie refinery is about 12 miles south of Suriname’s capital city of Paramaribo. Saipem has been engaged there for 10 months in engineering on a reimbursable agreement. Staatsolie has now converted that to a full engineering, procurement, fabrication, and construction contract.

Saipem will fabricate preassembled portions of the plant at its Arbatax, Italy, yard and ship them for assembly to the South American nation. Project time is estimated at 43 months.

Meanwhile, under agreements with TNK-BP, Invensys will provide services to the Saratov refinery in western Russia, whose charge capacity OGJ lists as 130,000 b/cd. The 7 million tonne/year refinery markets more than 20 products, said the announcement, including gasoline, low-sulfur diesel, naphtha, vacuum gas oil, fuel oil, and bitumen.

Invensys will supply its Foxboro I/A Series distributed control systems and Triconex emergency shutdown and critical control systems, as well as Foxboro measurement, instrumentation, and control devices for the refinery’s hydrofining and isomerisation units.

The company will also provide project management, documentation development, and other services, including engineering, delivery, installation, testing, and start-up, as well as training for the systems, covering development, commissioning, and maintenance.

TNK-BP shareholders on parity basis are BP and AAR syndicate (Alpha Group/Access Industries/Renova). TNK-BP also owns about 50% in Russian oil and gas company Slavneft.

Contact Warren R. True at warrent@ogjonline.com.

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