Falcon Oil lets contract for Pakistani refinery

Falcon Oil PLC, a subsidiary of Pakistani conglomerate Wak Group, Lahore, Punjab, has let a contract to China Energy Engineering Corp. subsidiary Guangdong Electrical Design Institute (GEDI) to build a grassroots deep-conversion refinery in Dera Ismail Khan, Khyber Pakhtunkhawa (KPK), Pakistan.

Falcon Oil PLC, a subsidiary of Pakistani conglomerate Wak Group, Lahore, Punjab, has let a contract to China Energy Engineering Corp. subsidiary Guangdong Electrical Design Institute (GEDI) to build a grassroots deep-conversion refinery in Dera Ismail Khan, Khyber Pakhtunkhawa (KPK), Pakistan.

GEDI will provide engineering, procurement, and construction services for the refinery, which will have a nameplate crude processing capacity of 100,000 b/d, Wak Group said.

Without disclosing a definitive date for startup of the facility, Wak Group said GEDI is scheduled to complete its entire scope of work under the $3.58-billion EPC contract within 30 months from commencement.

In addition to its primary crude distillation unit, the proposed refinery will include a naphtha hydrotreater, a reformer, an isomerization unit, a thermal gas oil unit, an effluent treatment plant, and other unidentified auxiliary units, according to Falcon Oil’s web site.

The refining complex also will be equipped with an independent 100-Mw electric power generation plant as well as access to 3.8 million tonnes of storage across Pakistan via more than 3,000-km of existing and planned crude and product pipelines.

Detailed information regarding proposed process technologies to be implemented at the refinery remain unavailable, but licensors Honeywell UOP LLC, Axens SA, and Albemarle Corp. all consulted on previously completed basic and front-end engineering design packages for the project, Falcon Oil said.

Part of Wak Group’s plan to help meet Pakistan’s rising demand for petroleum products as the country enters a new era of growth through development of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, the refinery will process a slate of 90% imported crudes and 10% local KPK oil production into fuels meeting Pakistan’s required Euro 2-quality specifications.

Contact Robert Brelsford at rbrelsford@ogjonline.com.

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