01232018Tue
Last updateTue, 02 Jan 2018 3am

Technip awarded FEED contract in Basra, Iraq

Technip, in partnership with China HuanQiu Contracting & Engineering Corporation (HQC), has been awarded by Basra Gas Company (BGC*), a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract for Ar Ratawi Natural Gas Liquids (NGL) train1 project at North Rumaila in Basra Province, Iraq.

The project is the first of the new greenfield associated gas processing facilities that will significantly minimize gas flaring in Iraq and make more energy resources available for power and domestic use– an NGL train with nominal feed gas capacity of 530 million standard cubic feet per day. The standalone facilities will produce liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), NGL and condensate for domestic markets.

The scope of work covers the basic engineering design package of the NGL process units, utilities and the submission of an engineering procurement and construction (EPC) package.  Technip’s operating center in Abu Dhabi will execute the project, scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014.

Vaseem Khan, President of Technip in the Middle East, declared: “This award reflects Technip’s strengthened position in the Middle-East market, following several previous awards. We are proud to bring our specific technological edge and licensed innovative solutions to the downstream industry, while leveraging our 30 years presence in the region.”


Endress+Hauser inaugurates new sales center in the United Arab Emirates

To optimize customer support, the measurement engineering specialist has established a new sales center in the United Arab Emirates. The inauguration took place on 5 March 2014.

For two decades Endress+Hauser has been represented in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by the local representative Descon Automation Control Systems. As a commitment to the Middle East region, the Swiss company has now integrated Descon's Endress+Hauser business into its own sales organization.

On 1 January 2014, Endress+Hauser UAE started to operate in the market with a strong and dedicated team of 44 in two offices located in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The formal inauguration of the new sales center took place on 5 March 2014 in Dubai.

The new Endress+Hauser sales center is equipped with resources for sales, service and project management. The new offices will facilitate Endress+Hauser's pledge to 'support the region, from the region', providing sales and after-sales support best suited to customers' needs and requirements. The Managing Director of Endress+Hauser UAE is Jens Winkelmann.

After Qatar (2009) and Saudi Arabia (2012), the Sales Center UAE is now Endress+Hauser's third subsidiary on the Arabian Peninsula. Since 2006, Endress+Hauser's Middle East Support Center in Dubai has ensured additional sales support in the Middle East.

Yokogawa wins LNG Carrier Control System Order for Ichthys LNG Project in Australia

Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that it has received an order from Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. to supply the control system for an LNG carrier that is being built for the Ichthys LNG project* in Australia.

The ship will be the world’s largest Moss-type LNG carrier and will be used for transporting LNG from an onshore LNG processing plant that is being constructed as part of the Ichthys LNG project. The ship is scheduled to enter service by the end of 2016, in time for the completion of the plant. The ship is also the first Moss-type LNG carrier equipped with a dual fuel diesel engine (DFDE), which burns both fuel oil and gas.

Yokogawa will deliver the CENTUM® VP integrated production control system for monitoring and controlling the LNG carrier’s LNG tanks and loading/unloading facilities as well as the supply of gas to the DFDE and the supply of power to other driving units. Yokogawa will also be responsible for the engineering and commissioning of the control system.

Yokogawa believes that the following factors were key considerations in the decision to give it this order:

The company has already delivered control systems for other DFDE ships.

The company has a global service network, ensuring that vessels can undergo maintenance at any LNG port.

Yokogawa won the control systems order for other Ichthys LNG project facilities in 2012. These include the onshore LNG processing plant, offshore production/process facilities, and the floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel. With this contract, the CENTUM VP system will cover all project facilities, from production to LNG transport.

Globally, the construction of many LNG carriers is planned for the transport of LNG from North America, Russia, Africa, and other regions. Backed by this order, Yokogawa will expand its control business for marine resource development facilities, including LNG carriers, FPSO vessels, floating LNG (FLNG) vessels, and floating storage and re-gasification units (FSRU).

* This project is being carried out by a joint venture between INPEX (operator), Total, and several other companies. Gas from the Ichthys field, which is located offshore of northwestern Australia, will undergo preliminary processing at sea to remove water and impurities, and extract condensate. The gas will then be transported by undersea pipeline to onshore processing facilities in Darwin. The project is expected to produce 8.4 million tons of LNG and 1.6 million tons of LPG per year, along with approximately 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak.

Petrofac wins $1.2bn gas contract in Oman

(Reuters) Petrofac, the international oil and gas services provider, has been awarded a contract by BP, worth $1.2 billion, for the Khazzan gas project in Oman. The scope of work will include engineering, procurement and construction of the central processing facility (CPF) at the Khazzan field.  The CPF will include two process trains, each having a capacity of 525 million standard cubic feet of gas per day, Petrofac said in a statement.

The project also includes an associated condensate processing system, power generation plant, water treatment system and all associated utilities and infrastructure. The project is expected to be completed in 2017. The deal for the central processing facility has been awarded on a convertible lump sum basis and will convert to a full lump sum contract at a pre-determined point during execution, Petrofac added.

Subramanian Sarma, managing director of Petrofac's Onshore Engineering & Construction business, said: “Petrofac has executed a large number of projects for BP across many aspects of our business and we are delighted to be supporting them on this pioneering project at Khazzan, the largest new upstream project in Oman.

"We have a very strong record for project execution in Oman with this project representing Petrofac’s eighth EPC contract in the Sultanate and follows the recent award of the $2.1 billion Sohar refinery improvement project which was announced in November.”

In November, Petrofac said a joint venture with South Korea's Daelim Industrial Co had won a $2.1 billion contract for a refinery project from Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (ORPIC).  The three-year contract includes engineering, procurement, construction, start-up and commissioning services at a refinery in the Sohar Industrial Area, 230 kilometres northwest of Muscat.  The deal includes improvements at the existing facility and the addition of new refining units, it said.

SNC-LAVALIN opens regional Head Office in Abu Dhabi to support development in MENA

On the occasion of the visit to the Middle East by Robert G. Card, President and CEO of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., the Company announced the opening of its regional head office for the Middle East and Africa located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Mr. Card also attended the launch celebration in Saudi Arabia for the new city of Wa’ad Al Shamal.

The opening of the office, an important milestone in SNC-Lavalin’s development, coincides with a contract the company recently signed with Ma'aden in Saudi Arabia. Estimated at USD $500 million, the contract includes the engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and start-up of a three-line 15,150-metric-tonne-per-day sulphuric acid plant.

“With estimated GDP growth of over 5.6% per year until 2018, and with major projects in the infrastructure, oil and gas, mining and power sectors, the Middle East region offers significant development opportunities for SNC-Lavalin,” said Mr. Card during his visit to the Abu Dhabi office. “This is a target region for the Group’s activities, and the opening of this regional head office is an indication of our intention to expand our activities and make important contributions in this region.”

The Middle East and Africa region contributes significantly to the business volume of the Company’s Mining & Metallurgy and Oil & Gas business units (18 percent and 25 percent respectively as of December 2012). As of December 2013, the Company had more than 3,000 employees across the Middle East and Africa.

“The opening of this regional head office will allow us to strengthen our client relationships, expand our commercial opportunities and have the best business platform to deliver projects according to clients’ expectations,” said Christian Jacqui, Executive Vice-President, Global Operations, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.

Under the leadership of Ziad Awad, Senior Vice-President and Regional Head for the Middle East and Africa, this office will work closely with existing offices across the region, specifically in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, South Africa, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya.

SNC-Lavalin is already present in the Middle East through major projects. In Saudi Arabia, the general engineering services (GES+) contract between SNC-Lavalin and Saudi Aramco, the world’s biggest oil producer, is a recognition of the Company’s ability to create value in the Kingdom by supporting its world-class oil and gas projects and pairing its expertise with that of its Saudi partners.

Finally, SNC-Lavalin's High-Value Centres with world-class engineers in Egypt, India, UK and Canada, will continue to support its operations in the region.