SNC-Lavalin bags $180m Al Zour Refinery contract in Kuwait

Kuwait's $16bn Al Zour Refinery will have the largest refining capacity in the Middle East

Work on Kuwait's Al Zour Refinery pipeline is ongoing.
Work on Kuwait's Al Zour Refinery pipeline is ongoing.

Canadian engineering contractor SNC-Lavalin has won a commissioning deal for Al Zour Refinery in Kuwait that will produce 615,000 barrels of oil per day.

Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (KIPIC) awarded the $180m (KWD54.4m) contract to SNC-Lavalin, instructing the firm to launch a host of management support services for one of the biggest refineries in the world.

SNC-Lavalin's scope for the project is broad and includes master planning; start-up programme development; risk assessment and management; commissioning management support; operational readiness and assurance; project phase execution work; training; competency development and assurance; documentation preparation; creation of management and e-learning systems; and the provision of software and procedures for conducting a safe and efficient start-up to operations.

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KIPIC, a subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, is developing the $16bn (KWD4.8bn) Al Zour Refinery that could open by December 2019, creating 1,500 jobs.

Once it reaches full operational capacity it will have the largest refining capabilities in the Middle East, and increase Kuwait's national oil output to 1.5 million barrels of oil per day. 

"We look forward to building a long-term relationship with KIPIC and working in association with them to commission one of the newest and biggest refineries in the world," said SNC-Lavalin's president of oil and gas, Christian Brown.

He added: "This is a great opportunity to demonstrate our global expertise and extensive capabilities in downstream, and to support our client in executing their strategy and delivering a successful start-up and the steady state operations of the refinery."

Montreal-headquartered SNC-Lavalin has more than half a century of construction experience in the Middle East, where it has had a helping hand on more than 700 projects.

The region accounted for nearly a quarter of the company's global revenue last year. It's performance in the GCC so far this year has been impressive, winning an MEP contract for Meydan One in Dubai; a $1.5bn contract to build a PVC plastics plant 150km southeast of Oman's capital city Muscat; and a $42m EPC contract to expand a district cooling plant in Saudi Arabia

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