Oman reveals list of approved bidders for proposed refinery project

Duqm Refinery & Petrochemical Industries Co. LLC (DRPIC), Muscat, a joint venture of state-owned Oman Oil Co. and the United Arab Emirates’ International Petroleum Investment Co. (IPIC), has revealed its shortlist of prequalified tenderers selected to bid on design and construction of a grassroots 230,000-b/d refinery to be built in Oman’s Duqm Special Economic Zone (SEZAD) in Duqm.

Selected in November 2015 (OGJ Online, Dec. 18, 2015), the list of preapproved entities includes a combination of seven joint ventures, alliances, and sole entities composed of 15 international companies that have been invited to submit bids for engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of the planned refinery, DRPIC said.

The prequalified bidders, which were invited to a late-December 2015 open forum and briefing session in Duqm to clarify the tender process and tour the construction sites, include the following:

• A JV of CB&I BV, The Hague, and Taiwan’s CTCI Corp., Taipei.

• A JV of South Korean firms Daelim Industrial Co. Ltd., Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd., and Hyundai Engineering Co. Ltd., all of Seoul.

• Fluor Corp. subsidiary Fluor Transworld Services Ltd., Hoofddorp, Netherlands.

• A JV of JGC Corp., Yokohama; South Korea’s GS Engineering & Construction Corp., Seoul; and Italy’s Saipem SPA, Milan.

• A JV of Petrofac International Ltd., Sharjah, United Arab Emirates; South Korea’s Samsung Engineering Co. Ltd., Seoul; and Chiyoda Corp., Yokohama.

• South Korea’s SK Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd., Seoul.

• A JV of Tecnicas Reunidas SA, Madrid, and South Korea’s Daewoo Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd., Seoul.

DRPIC plans to award a total of two EPC contracts for the project this year, including a larger package for all equipment and structures required for main crude oil processing units, as well as a second package to cover all supporting installations, utilities, tankage, and buildings.

While the company has yet to reveal timelines for either construction or possible startup of the refinery, DRPIC last year awarded a contract to Galfar Engineering & Contracting SAOG, Muscat, to provide site preparation work for the project, which now under way, is due to be completed in this year’s second quarter.

Primarily designed to produce and recover naphtha, jet fuel, diesel, and LPG, the refinery, once completed, will include units for hydrocracking, hydrotreating, delayed coking, sulfur recovery, hydrogen generation, and Merox treating.

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