HOUSTON, July 26: Kuwait Petroleum Corp. subsidiary Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Co (KIPIC) has let a contract to SNC-Lavalin Group Inc, Montreal, to provide a suite of services related to startup of the grassroots 615,000-b/d Al-Zour integrated refining complex under construction in southern Kuwait, reports oil&gasjournal.com.
As part of the contract, SNC-Lavalin will deliver commissioning management support services, as well as preparation and delivery of training, documentation, and competency development consultancy services for the refinery, the service provider said. Specifically, SNC-Lavalin will be responsible for commissioning technical services including master plan, startup program development, risk assessment and management, commissioning management support, operations readiness and assurance, project phase execution activities, as well as training, competency development and assurance, documentation preparation, and development of a knowledge management system and e-learning services, software, procedures, and conducting a safe and efficient startup and operations. SNC-Lavalin valued the contract at about $180 million.
In January, KIPIC confirmed that all five packages of the integrated complex are proceeding in line with the original schedule, with all packages due to be completed by yearend 2019 and initial refining units still on track for startup in May 2019 (OGJ Online, Jan 22, 2018).
The cornerstone of Kuwaits Clean Fuels Project to upgrade its refineries to produce clean-burning fuels conforming to Euro 5 standards, the Al-Zour refinery comes as part of KPCs broader downstream program under its 2030 strategy to enhance growth in its refining and manufacturing sectors, which also includes the upgrade, expansion, and transformation of the 270,000- b/d Mina Abdullah and 466,000-b/d Mina Al Ahmadi refineries into an integrated 800,000 b/d merchant refining complex (OGJ Online, Nov 28, 2017).