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Early August downstream news update: Asia and the Middle East

Hydrocarbon Engineering,



State run BHEL has won an Rs 265 crore order from Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited for supplying equipment for a refinery project in Kochi.

The contract is for the supply of a gas turbine generator package for an environmentally friendly and energy efficient cogeneration captive power plant at Kochi Refinery in Kerala.

The order includes the supply and supervision of three gas turbines of 34.5 MW rating each, with associated auxiliaries and control systems.

The equipment for the project will be supplied by BHEL’s Hyderabad plant and Electronics Division, Bangalore. Erection and commissioning with be carried out by the company’s Power Sector, Southern Region.


Thaioil has awarded new contracts for its linear alkyl benzene (LAB) project at its refinery in Sri-racha district, Chonburi province.

 A consortium between Hyundai Engineering, Hyundai E&C and LABIX won an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract, while the other contract was awarded to Bechtel for project management consulting services.

Thaioil has outlined that the project is the first full integrated LAB project in Thailand and southeast Asia.

The facility is to have a production capacity of 100 000 tpy, and is expected to begin commercial operations in 2015.

Middle East


A consortium of banks led by Bank AL Habib Limited, Meezan Bank Limited, Faysal Bank Limited and Allied Bank Limited acted as lead advisors and arrangers to raise Rs 22 billion for debt requirement of an Attock Refinery Limited (ARL) upgradation project.

The project comprises of preflash unit, naphtha isomerisation unit, diesel hydro desulfurisation (DHDS) unit and expansion of existing captive power plant.

The letters of credit for offshore supplies and services amounting to US$ 143 million have been established. The tenure of finance facilities is 12 years including 2 years grace period.

Also in Pakistan, the Trans Asia Refinery (TRL) has announced plans to construct a refinery at Port Qasim.

In a press release TRL indicated that the project has been pushed forward in the interest of all parties and the people of Pakistan.

TRL has additionally announced that it will appoint Descon to undertake a complete health check of TRL refining equipment, and restructuring of TRL management to ensure the project proceeds with haste.

Once completed, the refinery will produce 80 000 t of LPG, 455 000 t of naphtha, 410 000 t of motor gasoline, 422 000 t of jet fuel, 1 000 000 t of gas oil, from which 630 000 t willl be treated diesel, 1 050 000 t of fuel oil and 200 000 t of bitumen.

Saudi Arabia

Siemens has won a US$ 966 million contract to supply key components for a major combined cycle power plant in Saudi Arabia.

The power station will deliver electricity to the Jazan Industrial City area in the southwest of the country and to the refinery of Jazan, which will additionally be supplied with process stream.

The Jazan power plant comprises of five units. Commissioning of the first two blocks is scheduled for spring of 2016. The next block will follow in spring 2017. And other units will come online successively after this at intervals of a few months each, Siemens indicated in a press statement.

Edited from various sources by Emma McAleavey.

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