Feasibility study to rehabilitate Iraqi refinery planned

South Refineries Co., a part of the Republic of Iraq’s Ministry of Oil, has awarded Shaw Group Inc. a contract to provide a feasibility study for the rehabilitation of its 140,000-b/d refinery in Basra. Shaw’s announcement did not disclose a contract value.

The study will assess the current condition of the refinery and estimate the engineering, equipment supply and construction services required to improve its operation.

The US Trade and Development Agency agreed to provide a grant to the South Refineries Co. to finance the work. The Shaw announcement said this is the first grant the agency has provided directly to an Iraqi grantee.

This will be be Shaw’s fourth refining project in Iraq, said James Glass, president of Shaw’s Energy & Chemicals Group.

In Iraq, Shaw is conducting feasibility studies and frontend engineering and design for two grassroots 150,000-b/d refineries near the cities of Maissan and Kirkuk for the Ministry of Oil. The FEED work includes all process units, off site facilities and utilities for both refineries.

Through a fluidized catalytic cracking alliance, Shaw, with its partner, Axens, are providing a process-design package for a 30,000 b/d residual fluidized catalytic cracking (RFCC) unit at Midland Refineries Co.’s refinery in Daura.

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