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Design contract for a new refinery in Venezuela

Foster Wheeler AG announced today that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded a process design and front end engineering design (FEED) services contract by PDVSA for the new Batalla Santa Ines Refinery Phase I hydroskimming section to be built in Barinas, Venezuela.

The terms of the contract were not disclosed. An initial release of work was included in the company’s first quarter 2011 bookings. The majority of the contract value will be included in the company’s second quarter 2011 bookings.

Foster Wheeler’s scope of work includes the preparation of the basic engineering design package, FEED and early procurement assistance for the crude distillation unit, the naphtha hydrotreater, the continuous catalytic reformer and the utilities and offsite facilities. The FEED is scheduled to be completed in the third quarter of 2011.

Riyadh refinery clean transportation fuels project in Saudi Arabia

Foster Wheeler AG also announced today that Foster Wheeler SOFCON, an unincorporated construction consortium between a subsidiary of Foster Wheeler’s Engineering and Construction Group and A. Al-Saihati, A. Fattani and O. Al-Othman Consulting Engineering Co. (SOFCON), has been awarded a contract by Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) for the front end engineering design (FEED) and project management services for the clean transportation fuels project at the Riyadh refinery, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Foster Wheeler contract value for this project was not disclosed. The initial release of work was included in the company’s first quarter 2011 bookings. The company expects to receive the main release of work in the third quarter of 2011.

The objective of this project is to reduce the sulfur content of gasoline and diesel produced by the refinery to 10 parts per million, and to reduce the level of benzene in gasoline.

The company’s FEED scope includes new isomerisation, naphtha splitting and sulfur guard bed units as well as the addition of new equipment, including a diesel hydrotreater reactor, in existing units. The FEED also includes the debottlenecking of the hydrocracker and gas concentration units and replacement of crude and vacuum distillation tower internals. Other new facilities include two new tanks, a new pipe rack, instrument air compressor, condensate system, substation, process interface building and workshop. Main control and monitoring systems will also be upgraded, as will the laboratory facilities.

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