Oman-Kuwait JV lets contracts for Duqm refinery

Duqm Refinery & Petrochemical Industries Co. LLC, through contractors, has let two separate contracts to Douglas OHI for work on DRPIC’s  230,000-b/d refinery and petrochemical complex to be built in the Duqm Special Economic Zone in Duqm, Al Wusta Governate, on the southeastern coast of Oman.

Duqm Refinery & Petrochemical Industries Co. LLC (DRPIC), Muscat—a joint venture of state-owned Oman Oil Co. and Kuwait Petroleum Corp. subsidiary Kuwait Petroleum International Ltd.—through contractors, has let two separate contracts to Douglas OHI—a JV of Interserve Group Ltd. and Oman Holdings International Co. SOAG—for work on DRPIC’s long-planned 230,000-b/d refinery and petrochemical complex to be built in the Duqm Special Economic Zone (SEZAD) in Duqm, Al Wusta Governate, on the southeastern coast of Oman (OGJ Online, Oct. 8, 2018; Apr. 4, 2017).

As part of a £32.2-million contract awarded by a JV of Tecnicas Reunidas SA and Daewoo Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd. (TRD), Douglas OHI will deliver unidentified process units at the new Duqm refinery, including civil and underground piping to support installation of equipment, pipe racks, and specialist structures and networks across the project’s packages 1 and 2, Interserve said.

The TRD JV also awarded a £7-million contract to Douglas OHI to provide building integration work at the project site, the scope of which includes construction and coordination of 23 buildings with a total area of 18, 328 sq m, according to Interserve.

In June 2018, DRPIC issued main contractors a formal notice to proceed (NTP) with work on three previously awarded contracts for engineering, procurement, and construction of the refinery, which is due to be completed and ready for startup in 42 months from the NTP’s early June issuance (OGJ Online, June 6, 2018).

With a combined value of $5.75 billion, the three EPC packages include:

  • EPC Package 1, the largest of the project’s three packages, covering EPC and commissioning of all main process units at the refinery by the TRD JV.
  • EPC Package 2, covering delivery of EPC as well as commissioning, training, and other startup services for the refinery’s utilities and offsites by a consortium of Petrofac International Ltd. and Samsung Engineering Co. Ltd.
  • EPC Package 3, covering EPC, commissioning, and operation services for the project’s associated off-site installations, including a product storage and export terminal at Duqm Port, a crude tank farm at Ras Markaz, and an 80-km crude oil pipeline from Ras Markaz to the refinery complex by a consortium of Saipem SPA of Italy and McDermott International Inc. (formerly CB&I) (OGJ Online, Feb. 15, 2018; Sept. 18, 2017; Aug. 7, 2017).

Primarily designed to produce and recover naphtha, jet fuel, diesel, and LPG, the Duqm refinery will include units for hydrocracking, hydrotreating, delayed coking, sulfur recovery, hydrogen generation, and Merox treating.

DRPIC has yet to confirm a definitive commissioning date for the new development, which remains under construction.

Contact Robert Brelsford at rbrelsford@ogjonline.com.

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