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Regional update: Middle East

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Abu Dhabi

Arabtec Holding PJSC has won three engineering and construction contracts in Abu Dhabi. Two contracts are for the expansion of a refinery in Ruwais and the third is for work on a natural gas liquids facility also in Ruwais. The three contracts are estimated to be worth US$ 203 million.

Arab Gulf

Petrochemical producers throughout the Gulf Arab region have announced they are looking for alternative feedstocks. This is because there is a shortage of gas. The producers used to produce petrochemicals from 100% ethane however, Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association has said that these days are now completely over.


Kuwait National Petroleum Co. and South Korea’s Daelim Industrial Co. are going to sign a contract. The US$ 893 million contract is for the construction of the fourth gas production line at the Mina Al-Ahmadi refinery. Kuwait National Petroleum Co. is constructing this production line as part of its gas projects investment plan which will continue until 2013.

Saudi Aramco

The deadline for the submission of prequalification documents by companies interested in managing the construction of the Jizan refinery (12th June) has now passed. Saudi Aramco are looking for an engineering company to oversee the construction as well as the front end engineering and design work and the project management services. The plant is expected to have a maximum capacity of 400 000 bpd.

Saudi Aramco is also in discussions with Total SA regarding the construction of a petrochemicals plant. The facility will be located next to the Jubail refinery that is a joint venture between the two companies. This cracker, if built will use byproducts from the refinery.


There are plans to double the size of the country’s condensate Ras Laffan refinery. Qatar Petroleum are carrying out these plans as part of its program to increase condensate production to 750 000 bpd by 2014. This will be an increase of over 350 000 bpd. The expansion will also give the company a more competitive market position, as it is cheaper to convert condensates in to high value fuels than other refineries that process heavier feedstock.

United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi Polymers Co. is starting up a second petrochemicals complex in the UAE. This will contribute to the current facility and make it the world’s largest ethane cracker producing 2 million tpy. The work will cost approximately US$ 5 billion and is located in Ruwais.

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