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TechnipFMC consortium bags $4.2bn Bahrain refinery project

A consortium led by TechnipFMC has been awarded a $4.2bn engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) contract for the Bapco Modernisation Programme (BMP)

The Bapco Modernisation Programme is slated for completion in 2022.
The Bapco Modernisation Programme is slated for completion in 2022.

A consortium led by TechnipFMC has been awarded a $4.2bn engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) contract for the Bapco Modernisation Programme (BMP), the kingdom’s Oil Minister Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa has revealed.

The project is located on Bahrain’s eastern coast and entails the expansion of the capacity of the existing Sitra oil refinery from 267,000 barrels per day (bpd) up to 360,000 bpd, improve energy efficiency, valorisation of the heavy part of the crude oil barrel (bottom of the barrel), enhancing products slate and meeting environmental compliance, according to Trade Arabia,

The project will be executed on lump sum turnkey basis and includes the following main units: residue hydrocracking unit, hydrocracker unit, hydro desulphurisation unit, crude distillation unit, vacuum distillation unit, saturated gas plant, hydrogen production unit, hydrogen recovery unit, sulphur recovery unit, tail gas treatment unit, sour water stripper unit, amine recovery unit, bulk acid gas removal unit, sulphur solidification unit and sulphur handling facilities. Utilities and offsites are also part of the scope.

The project will also include a delayed coker unit, said the minister in his welcome address at the Bottom of the Barrel Technology Conference (BBTC 2017) organised by Euro Petroleum Consultants.

The unit is intended to produce coke from heavy refining residues (tar, fuel oil), which is a raw material in electrodes production for the aluminium industry. The coke produced can be used by the nearby Aluminium Bahrain's (Alba) calcine unit. Alba will be able to use all the coke produced by the delayed coker, he said.

“We also have new technologies coming from technology providers including converting LC-Fining technology to LC-MAX technology or Hybrid Slurry,” Shaikh Mohammed said.

The Bapco Modernisation Programme is slated for completion in 2022.

Nello Uccelletti, the president of TechnipFMC’s Onshore Offshore business, said: "We are honoured to be the leader of this joint venture entrusted for the execution of this prestigious contract that represent a testimonial of the long-term partnership with Bapco and strengthen our leadership in the refining sector."

"This award is one of the strategic 'early engagement' achievement, following the successful completion by TechnipFMC of the Feed contract," he added.

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