Bahrain lets contract for refinery modernization

Bahrain Petroleum Co. BSC (Bapco) has let a contract to WorleyParsons Ltd. to provide project management services for the planned expansion and modernization of its 267,000-b/d refinery at Sitra, on Bahrain’s eastern coast.

As project management contractor, WorleyParsons will help Bapco to manage, monitor, and appraise firms engaged to deliver front-end engineering and design;  engineering, procurement, and construction; and other services for the Bapco modernization program (BMP) at Sitra, WorleyParsons said on Dec. 14.

Designed to optimize the refinery’s configuration in order to keep it competitive beyond 2020, the BMP intends to integrate several new units into the plant’s existing operations that will increase Sitra’s total crude processing capacity to 360,000 b/d, the service provider said.

WorleyParsons valued the contract at $120 million (Aus.).

Bapco, which awarded a few contracts for the BMP project last year (OGJ Online, Oct. 9, 2014; Sept. 16, 2014), said the project also will improve the quality and yield of finished petroleum products produced at the refinery.

Initiated in 2012 and planned for execution in a series of phases over 6 years, the refinery modernization will include the staged implementation of at least five units, including a residue hydrocracker, vacuum gas oil hydrocracker, diesel hydrotreater, sulfur recovery unit, and delayed coker, according to Bahrain’s National Oil & Gas Authority.

Contact Robert Brelsford at rbrelsford@ogjonline.com.

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