Aramco lets contract for Ras Tanura refinery

Saudi Aramco has let a turnkey contract to Tecnicas Reunidas SA, Madrid, to provide engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning (EPCC) on two packages of a clean-fuels project at Aramco’s 550,000-b/d Ras Tanura refinery in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, along the Persian Gulf.

As part of Package 1, Tecnicas Reunidas will deliver EPCC services for an isomerization unit, naphtha hydrotreater, and continuous catalytic reformer (including all interconnections, a flare system, and buildings), while Package 2 will cover EPCC services for all associated utilities and off sites for the project, the service provider said.

The clean-fuels plant is scheduled to reach mechanical completion in 48 months, Tecnicas Reunidas said.

A value of the contract was not disclosed.

Aramco has yet to officially confirm further details regarding this second phase of its clean-fuels project at Ras Tanura, a first phase of which the company completed in 2011 (OGJ Online, May 12, 2011).

The state-run operator previously awarded Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., Dallas, a contract to deliver front-end engineering design for Phase 2 of the refinery’s clean-fuels project in August 2011, according to an Aug. 30, 2011, press release from Jacobs.

Contact Robert Brelsford at rbrelsford@ogjonline.com.

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