Contract let for Vietnam’s Nghi Son refining complex

Nghi Son Refinery & Petrochemical LLC has let a contract to KSB AG, Frankenthal, Germany, to supply process pumps for its 200,000-b/d refinery and petrochemical complex in Thanh Hoa Province in Vietnam (OGJ Online, June 7, 2013; Mar. 28, 2008).

Under the contract, which was awarded in March, KSB will deliver 189 process pumps to be used in crude oil distillation and aromatic compounds production, KSB said.

Depending on the fluid to be handled, pump casings will be made of either steel or stainless steel, while impellers, shafts, and casing wear rings will be manufactured from corrosion-resistant stainless steels, according to KSB.

Together with their 800 kw, 6,600-v high-voltage motors, the largest pump sets each will weigh about 7 tonnes and deliver flow rates of 1,800 cu m/hr.

In order to utilize existing steam energy, some pumps will be driven by turbines, KSB added.

KSB will ship the pump sets to the refinery from its Pegnitz, Germany production site beginning in early 2015, with KSB’s scope of work scheduled to be completed by end-April 2015, the company said.

Currently under construction, the $9 billion Nghi Son refinery will process Kuwaiti crude oil and is due to begin commercial operation in 2017 (OGJ Online, June 19, 2014; Apr. 14, 2014; Dec. 18, 2013).

The Nghi Son complex is a joint venture of PetroVietnam (25.1%), Idemitsu Kosan Co. Ltd. (35.1%), Kuwait Petroleum Europe BV (35.1%), and Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (4.7%), who collectively have financed $5 billion for the project (OGJ Online, Jan. 30, 2013).

The project also recently received its first credit package of about $600 million from contractors and sponsors (OGJ Online, June 19, 2014).

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