Oman-Kuwait JV lets contract for DRPIC integrated complex

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., has awarded the first of three main packages for engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of its 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, 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., has awarded the first of three main packages for engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of its 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, Oman (OGJ Online, Apr. 4, 2017).

DRPIC has let a contract to a consortium of Petrofac International Ltd. and Samsung Engineering Co. Ltd. for EPC Package 2, which covers all utilities and offsites for the project, Petrofac said on Aug. 4.

As part of the $2-billion contract, the Petrofac-Samsung partnership will deliver EPC as well as commissioning, training, and other startup services for the refinery’s utilities and offsites.

The consortium’s scope of work under the 47-month contract is scheduled to begin shortly, according to Petrofac.

While it has confirmed site preparation for the project is now completed, DRPIC has yet to announce which of its prequalified bidders will receive the contract award for EPC Package 1, which alongside commissioning and additional startup work, includes EPC services for all equipment and structures required for the integrated complex’s main processing units (OGJ Online, Jan. 25, 2016; Dec. 18, 2015).

DRPIC also is awaiting responses from a separate group of prequalified bidders to determine award of the project’s EPC Package 3, according to the operator’s website.

The winner of the EPC Package 3 contract will provide EPC, commissioning, and operation services for associated offsite facilities, including a product storage and export terminal in Duqm, crude storage tanks in Ras Markaz, and an 80-km crude oil pipeline from Ras Markaz to the refinery complex.

Definitive timelines for the award of remaining EPC contracts as well as full commissioning of the integrated complex remain unavailable.

Contact Robert Brelsford at rbrelsford@ogjonline.com.

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