Video: Michael Mair, VP, strategy and development, MERC, Wood, on his company’s engagement with downstream projects in the Middle East

Wood in engaged with some of the key projects in the Middle East, including the COTC project of Saudi Aramco and SABIC in Saudi Arabia, Al-Zour Refinery in Kuwait, and Duqm Refinery in Oman, says Michael Mair, VP, strategy and development, Middle East, Russia & Caspian, Wood, in the below video

In October 2018, Wood secured a multimillion dollar contract with Duqm Refinery and Petrochemicals Industries Company to provide two Terrace Wall double-fired delayed coker heaters at their refinery on the south eastern coast of the Sultanate of Oman.

The award followed on from Wood’s successful delivery of the engineering and process design phase, the technology package and licence of the company’s SYDEC (selective yield delayed coking) technology.

The contract will be delivered by Wood’s process and technology specialists based in New Jersey, US, and builds on Wood’s strong contribution to the Duqm Refinery to date, including the successful delivery of the overall facility pre-FEED, FEED and ongoing project management. The contract is due to be completed in the first quarter of 2020.

Duqm Refinery and Petrochemical Industries Company is a joint venture between Oman Oil Company and Kuwait Petroleum International. On completion, the refinery and petrochemical complex will have the capacity to process around 230,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

In March 2018, in a significant step towards the successful implementation of Saudi Aramco’s and SABIC’s fully integrated, strategic crude-oil-to-chemicals (COTC) complex in the kingdom, the partners awarded Wood a contract for project management and front-end engineering design (FEED).

The award of the contract coincided with the visit of HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, deputy prime minister and minister of defence, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to the United Kingdom.

The award of this project management contract follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in November 2017 between Saudi Aramco and SABIC to assist in bringing the mega-project to its next stage of development.

The scope of the contract primarily includes the finalisation of the project scope, selection of technology providers, updating project economics and performing the FEED.

The COTC complex is expected to process 400,000 barrels per day of Arabian Light crude oil, which will produce approximately nine million tonnes of chemicals and nine million tonnes of fuels per year. It is projected to achieve a direct conversion rate from crude oil to chemicals of up to 50%, which is unprecedented globally.

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