US's McDermott wins tech contract for project at Kuwait's Al Zour

American contractor's Lummus Technology business wins Kipic deal to deliver OCT unit for Al Zour's Prize refinery project

Al Zour is a massive energy complex in Kuwait.
© Kuna / March 2019
Al Zour is a massive energy complex in Kuwait.

Houston, Texas-headquartered American construction giant McDermott has been awarded a technology contract to work on Kuwait Integrated Petrochemical Industries Co’s (Kipic) Petrochemical Refinery Integration Project – also known as Prize – within the Al Zour area.

Kipic, a subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Corp, has awarded the deal that covers the basic engineering, technology license, and catalysis for an integrated low-pressure recovery and olefins conversion technology (OCT) unit at Prize.  

Upon completion, the unit will produce 330,000 tonnes of polymer grade propylene each year, using refinery byproduct streams.

Prize will add a gasoline block, an aromatics block, an OCT unit, polypropylene units, associated utilities, and offsite facilities to the site of Al Zour refinery. These will be integrated with the Zor Refinery and LNGI projects, which will all be operated as a single unit upon their completion.

McDermott unit Lummus Technology – which licenses petrochemicals, refining, gasification, and gas processing technology – will deliver the contract. Commenting on the deal, Lummus Technology’s senior vice president, Leon De Bruyn, said Prize would mark the 50th OCT unit to be licensed by Lummus.

The financial impact of the award will reflect in McDermott’s Q1 2019 backlog, according to the American company that features names such as Saudi Aramco in its clientele.

Kipic is developing the Al-Zour complex located 70km south of capital Kuwait City, with plans also in place to develop a petrochemicals and gasoline manufacturing facility close to the under-construction Al Zour refinery and liquefied natural gas facilities. 

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