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Adnoc awards $8m Ruwais oil refinery deal to UK's Wood Group

Wood will deliver pre-Feed services as Adnoc charts Ruwais project's expansion into world record-breaking complex

Adnoc Refining has awarded Wood a contract to implement the Ruwais refinery's expansion.
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Adnoc Refining has awarded Wood a contract to implement the Ruwais refinery's expansion.

UK-headquartered Wood Group has won an engineering and design contract for Adnoc’s 600,000 barrel-per-day crude oil refinery in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi.

Wood will implement pre-front-end engineering and design (pre-Feed) work under an $8m (AED29.3m) deal for Adnoc's scheme, which the UK firm described as the world’s “largest integrated refining and petrochemicals complex”.

As part of its contract, Wood will work with Adnoc to develop a masterplan, map out the refinery's Feed and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) phases, as well as provide cost estimation and licensing selection services for the scheme.

Pre-Feed activities will be completed by the end of 2019, Wood said in a statement.

“Today marks a significant step towards fulfilling Adnoc’s strategy of developing the largest integrated refinery and petrochemicals complex in the world,” Adnoc Refining’s chief executive officer, Jasem Ali Al Sayegh, said.

The world's fourth-largest single site refinery, with a total refining capacity of 922,000 barrels per day, is operated by Adnoc Refining. The complex is located 240km west of Abu Dhabi city and is connected to a 1,900km pipeline network that supplies refined oil to ports across the emirate for global export. 

One of Wood's top bosses said the company would use the Ruwais contract win to expand its footprint in the Middle East. Chief executive officer of Wood's specialist technical solutions business unit, Bob MacDonald, said: “We are pleased to continue our relationship with Adnoc Refining.

“This pre-Feed award allows us to partner with Adnoc in developing a world-scale [...] flagship development for the UAE.”

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