Fluor JV achieves final provisional turnover of clean fuel megaproject facilities in Kuwait

ML20190013 643 KNPC MAB2HFluor Corporation said its joint venture with Daewoo Engineering & Construction and Hyundai Heavy Industries has completed the final interim turnover of the Kuwait National Petroleum Company’s (KNPC) Mina Abdullah Package 2 (MAB2) clean fuel project in southern Kuwait

Mark Fields, president of Fluor’s global Energy & Chemicals business, KNPC, said, “It has been an honour to complete this megaproject alongside KNPC while training hundreds of their personnel and leveraging multiple local suppliers and contractors. We look forward to providing ongoing support to the refinery’s commercial operations and helping KNPC deliver on its mission to strengthen Kuwait’s economy by producing high-quality fuels to meet both local and international demand.”

The clean fuels programme is being executed at Kuwait’s three refineries owned and operated by KNPC. KNPC plans to retire existing processing facilities at the Shuaiba Refinery as part of the programme and undertake a significant upgrade and expansion of the refineries MAB and Mina Al-Ahmadi to integrate the refining system into one complex with full conversion operations.

The MAB2 packaging facility consists of a hydrogen plant (steam reformers), sulfur block (sour water stripper, amine regeneration unit and sulfur recovery unit) and utilities, off-site, and non-process buildings. It also covers extensive changes to existing refinery units at Mina Abdullah.

At peak, a joint venture team which spanned three continents supported more than 12,000 craft workers on site. The project team performed more than 127 million work hours on-site and together achieved a world-class total incident rate (TCIR) of 0.046 through an intense and effective HSE programme.

Menko H. Ubbens, senior vice-president and project director, commented, “It has been a privilege for the project team to be able to meet the needs of KNPC while conducting business in a socially, economically and environmentally responsible manner to the benefit of current and future generations.”

After commissioning both refineries will have an 800,000 bpd capacity to meet local and international demand for clean fuels.

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