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Work begins on $6bn revamp of Bapco's Sitra oil refinery in Bahrain

A consortium of Technip FMC, Tecnicas Reunidas, and Samsung is delivering EPCC services under a $4.2bn contract for the project

Bapco's Sitra oil refinery is being modernised [representational image].
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Bapco's Sitra oil refinery is being modernised [representational image].

Construction work has officially commenced on a $6bn (BHD2.3bn) modernisation project at the Sitra oil refinery of Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco), with the foundation stone for “the biggest industrial project in the history” of Bahrain laid by HRH Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.

The event in Awali was also attended by HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander, and First Deputy Premier of Bahrain. Commenting on the project, HRH the Premier said that the Bapco refinery’s modernisation was a “major national venture” that would develop the kingdom’s oil infrastructure and boost its national economy.

According to an Arabic-language report by BNA in November 2018 and a December 2017 statement by Technip FMC, the refinery modernisation programme’s engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning (EPCC) contract is worth $4.2bn (BHD1.6bn). The modernisation scheme will raise the Sitra refinery’s capacity to 350,000 barrels per day (bpd) pipeline from the current 267,000 bpd when it is complete in 2022.

A consortium of Technip FMC, Spain’s Tecnicas Reunidas, and Korea’s Samsung is engaged as EPCC contractor for the project, and construction listings website ProTenders names Worley Parsons Engineering as the Sitra oil refinery modernisation scheme’s project manager. The same website states that Chevron Lummus Global is the development’s Feed consultant.

Announcing its contract win in December 2017, Technip FMC said that the project includes the development of Sitra refinery covers the residue hydrocracking, hydrocracker, hydro desulphurisation, crude distillation, vacuum distillation, hydrogen production and recovery, and sulphur recovery units, among others. Utilities and offsites are also part of the EPCC consortium’s scope.

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