McDermott wins Amiral Complex contract from Saudi Aramco, Total

American contractor referred to the contract as "large", with the firm valuing a large contract between $50m and $250m

The contract win will reflect in McDermott's Q3 2019 backlog. [representational image]
The contract win will reflect in McDermott's Q3 2019 backlog. [representational image]

New York Stock Exchange-listed (NYSE) American contracting giant, McDermott International has won a contract to provide licenses, basic engineering package, extended basic engineering, training, technical services, and supply of proprietary equipment for Amrial Complex in Saudi Arabia from the world’s largest oil producer, Saudi Aramco and Total Raffinage Chimie (Total).

In a statement, the contractor said that once complete the complex could become one of the largest mixed feed crackers in the world.

As part of the large contract — which the company values between $50m (SAR187.5m) and $250m (SAR937.7m) — McDermott's Lummus Technology will provide licensing and engineering services for its olefins technology, low pressure recovery that covers refinery off-gas recovery and treating, and pygas hydrotreating.

McDermott's Lummus will also provide CDMtbe Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE), a production technology that uses catalytic distillation; CDIB,, which refers to the back cracking of MTBE to produce high purity isobutylene and methanol; and the BASF NMP, N-methylpyrrolidone-based butadiene extraction process, in addition to proprietary Short Residence Time (SRT) heaters.

Speaking about the contract win, vice president of technology at McDermott, Leon de Bruyn, said: "Lummus has a reputation for innovation and reliability in the market and this award strengthens our industry leading ethylene position by taking on the role of master licensor for multiple licensed units."

"The award is also a testament of our long-standing relationship with Aramco and Total and our commitment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."

Meanwhile, senior vice president for the Middle East at McDermott, Linh Austin, said: "This award sets the foundation for Saudi Aramco and Total to deliver a world-scale integrated refinery and petrochemicals complex.”

According to the contractor, the award will reflect in Q3 2019 backlog.

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