Kuwait lets contract for Al-Zour integrated complex
Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Co. has let a contract to McDermott International Inc. to provide technology for a new unit at KIPIC’s grassroots 615,000-b/d Al-Zour integrated refining and petrochemical complex under construction in southern Kuwait.
Kuwait Petroleum Corp. (KPC) subsidiary Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Co. (KIPIC) has let a contract to McDermott International Inc. to provide technology for a new unit at KIPIC’s grassroots 615,000-b/d Al-Zour integrated refining and petrochemical complex under construction in southern Kuwait (OGJ Online, June 21, 2018).
As part of the contract, McDermott will deliver basic engineering, technology licensing, and catalyst for an integrated low-pressure recovery (LPR) and olefins conversion technology (OCT) unit at the complex as part of the site’s broader petrochemical refinery integration project (PRIZe), which will add a gasoline block, an aromatics block, OCT unit, polypropylene units, as well as associated utility and offsite installations to the existing refinery site, the service provider said.
Once completed, the LPR-OCT unit will produce 330,000 tonnes/year of polymer-grade propylene using refinery by-product streams, according to McDermott.
The new PRIZe units will be closely integrated with the refinery and LNGI projects, which will be operated as an integrated site once completed.
While McDermott did not disclose a specific value of the order, the company said the contract would be reflected in its first-quarter 2019 backlog.
KIPIC most recently said the first unit of the Al-Zour integrated complex is scheduled to be completed by May 2019, with pipelines for delivery of feedstock to the refinery to be ready by October 2019 (OGJ Online, Nov. 1, 2018; Jan. 22, 2018).
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