McDermott inks MoU with Darwin Clean Fuels for condensate refinery

As part of the initial contract, the firm stated that it will undertake the feasibility study and FEED through to final investment decision

McDermott inks MoU with Darwin Clean Fuels. [representational image]
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McDermott inks MoU with Darwin Clean Fuels. [representational image]

US contractor McDermott International has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Darwin Clean Fuels to handle the feasibility study; technology; front-end engineering design (FEED); and engineering procurement and construction (EPC) for a Clean Fuels condensate processing plant in Darwin, in the Northern Territory of Australia.

As part of the initial agreement, the firm stated that it will undertake the feasibility study and FEED through to final investment decision. Upon final investment decision, McDermott will be the lead EPC contractor for the refinery.

Early phase engineering work will commence immediately and is scheduled to be completed by Q1 2020.

Darwin Clean Fuels plans to design, build and operate the condensate plant, which has 75% lower CO² emissions than crude oil refineries.

Commenting on the agreement, senior vice president of Asia Pacific at McDermott International, Ian Prescott, said: “The refinery would leverage our proprietary technologies, including alkylation and sulfur recovery, and is evidence of McDermott's technology-led EPC capabilities. Our engineering feasibility studies often serve as the essential underpinning of client decisions about moving forward with major investments."

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