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Zarqa refinery contract awarded to UOP

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Jordan Petroleum Refinery Co. (JPRC) has awarded a technology supply contract to UOP, for the planned expansion of the kingdom’s sole refinery at Zarqa, close to Amman.

UOP, a subsidiary of the US’ Honeywell, announced the signature on May 8 of a wide-ranging contract with JPRC on the expansion project, aimed at almost doubling capacity from 70 000 bpd to 120 000 bpd while bringing output up to Euro V fuel standards at the ageing plant.

The deal covers technology licensing, front-end engineering and design (FEED) consultancy, basic engineering design and equipment supply for the facility, located 24 km northeast of Amman.

The American firm will supply the technologies for the new crude and vacuum distillation units, and the hydrotreating unit, as well as a variety of technologies geared towards the production of cleaner, higher-octane gasoline. Project costs are estimated at US$1.6 billion.

JPRC expects completion in 2021-22.

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