Contract let for Russia’s Orsk refinery

JSC ForteInvest, through a contractor, has let a contract to a subsidiary of Foster Wheeler’s global engineering and construction group for the engineering and material supply of a steam reformer heater for hydrogen production for its 130,000-b/d Orsknefteorgsintez (Orsk) refinery at Orsk, Russia.

Foster Wheeler will complete its scope of work on the heater, which will be based on its own Terrace Wall reformer design, in second-quarter 2015, the company said in a June 24 release.

Foster Wheeler’s scope of work is scheduled to be completed in the second quarter of 2015. This latest award follows Glencore’s award to Foster Wheeler of a Terrace WallTM visbreaker heater for this refinery in 2013.

While the value of the contract was not disclosed, it was included in the company’s first-quarter 2014 bookings, Foster Wheeler said, adding that it was awarded a previous contract for a Terrace Wall visbreaker heater for the Orsk refinery in 2013.

JSC Orsknefteorgsintez, the refinery operator and former refining subsidiary of TNK-BP and then OAO NK Russneft, was sold to ForteInvest in 2011, according to a July 1, 2011, release from Russneft.

In February 2014, Orsknefteorgsintez awarded a contract to Shell Global Solutions International BV to provide hydrocracking technology for a new unit at the Orsk refinery, according to a Mar. 18 release from the Russian arm of Royal Dutch Shell PLC.

Shell will deliver hydrocracking catalysts and reactor internals for the new installation, as well as perform basic engineering and provide technical support, Shell said.

Once completed, the new unit will equip the Orsk refinery to produce ultralow-sulfur gasoline, jet fuel, and Euro 5 diesel, while improving the efficiency of hydrogen use and minimizing the release of marginal gases, according to Shell.

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