Kuwait’s PIC lets contract for grassroots olefins-aromatics complex

State-owned Kuwait Petroleum Corp. (KPC) subsidiary Petrochemical Industries Co. KSC (PIC) has let a contract to Amec Foster Wheeler PLC for the integration project between PIC’s proposed grassroots Olefins III-Aromatics II complex and Kuwait National Petroleum Co.’s (KNPC) 615,000-b/d Al-Zour refinery complex now under construction in southern Kuwait.

State-owned Kuwait Petroleum Corp. (KPC) subsidiary Petrochemical Industries Co. KSC (PIC) has let a contract to Amec Foster Wheeler PLC for the integration project between PIC’s proposed grassroots Olefins III-Aromatics II complex and Kuwait National Petroleum Co.'s (KNPC) 615,000-b/d Al-Zour refinery complex now under construction in southern Kuwait (OGJ Online, Aug. 5, 2016).

The 6-year contract covers front-end engineering design (FEED) leading to project management consultancy (PMC) for the planned integration project, Amec Foster Wheeler said.

Initially awarded in February, the $34-million FEED-cum-PMC contract for the project comes as part of PIC’s broader strategic plan to expand its production of basic petrochemicals as well as serve as a model of integration between KPC subsidiaries, according to a Feb. 18 release from PIC.

Scheduled for startup during second-quarter 2022, PIC most recently said the $7.8-billion Olefins III-Aromatics II integrated complex will feature a mixed-feed cracker that will use propane and naphtha feedstock supplied by KNPC’s Al-Zour refinery to produce 940,000 tonnes/year of polypropylene, 1.4 million tpy of paraxylene, 420,000 tpy of gasoline, and 208,900 tpy of miscellaneous fuels.

Part of KNPC’s Clean Fuels Project to upgrade, expand, and transform the 270,000-b/d Mina Abdullah and 466,000-b/d Mina Al Ahmadi refineries into an integrated 800,000 b/d merchant refining complex and permanently shut down the 200,000-b/d Shuaiba refinery, the long-planned Al-Zour refinery is scheduled to be commissioned sometime in 2018-19 (OGJ Online, Oct. 27, 2016).

Contact Robert Brelsford at rbrelsford@ogjonline.com.

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