COOEC-Fluor delivers pipe spools for Kipic's $27bn Al-Zour refinery

COOEC-Fluor Heavy Industries team notes 3.5 million safe man-hours on Kuwaiti oil and gas megaproject

COOEC-Fluor is working on Kuwait's Al-Zour Refinery.
COOEC-Fluor is working on Kuwait's Al-Zour Refinery.

New York Stock Exchange-listed (NYSE) American engineering and construction firm Fluor Corporation’s COOEC-Fluor Heavy Industries — a joint venture (JV) between the Texas-based company and China Offshore Oil Engineering (COOEC) — has completed pipe spool fabrication work for Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company’s (Kipic) $27bn (KWD8.2bn) Al-Zour oil refinery.

As part of the project, the Kuwaiti-Chinese JV delivered 95,000 pipe spools by fabricating 337,000 linear metres of carbon, alloy, and stainless steel pipes, with the materials delivered at the site in September 2019.

The fabricated pipe spools were delivered to the joint venture of Fluor, Daewoo Engineering and Construction, and Hyundai Heavy Industries that is implementing work on the project under engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC), plus fabrication packages for Al-Zour refinery, which is expected to produce 615,000 barrels of oil per day upon completion.

Additionally, the JV is fabricating and assembling 188 modules for the refinery, with loadout and shipping scheduled for October 2019.

In a statement, the JV said that its team had recorded 3.5 million safe man-hours without lost-time injury on the project.

Vice president and director of operations at COOEC-Fluor, Chris Vertanness, said: “Not only does this milestone showcase the yard’s extensive pipe and steel fabrication capability in addition to modular assembly, but it also demonstrates our ability to safely deliver large-scale projects at an accelerated pace by shipping more than 15,500 spools per month at peak.”

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