British and US firms awarded contracts for Kuwait’s new fuel projects

Oil refinery-KNPCBritish engineering company Amec and US-based Foster Wheeler have been awarded consultancy contracts by Kuwait for its new refinery and clean fuel projects

The US$14.2bn Al Zour project aims to build the Middle East's largest oil refinery while the US$16.3bn clean fuel project plans to upgrade and boost capacity at existing facilities.

The Al Zour project is intended to process 615,000 bpd when it comes online in 2018, exceeding the capacity of Saudi Arabia’s 550,000 bpd Ras Tanura plant.

The clean fuel project is aimed at upgrading and boosting capacity at all of contract awarder Kuwait National Petroleum Company's (KNPC) existing facilities.

The value of the contracts amounts to around two per cent of each of their total budgets.

Five international engineering companies had submitted bids for the project management and consultancy contracts. Apart from Foster Wheeler and  AMEC, the other companies in the final selection were the USA's Fluor Corp, Australia’s Worley Parsons and France’s Technip.

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