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Saudi Aramco’s $16 Billion Ras Tanura Refinery Upgrade

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    Saudi Aramco’s $16 Billion Ras Tanura Refinery Upgrade Project Is Under Way
    Saudi Aramco is undertaking major refinery upgrades at Jubail, Rabigh, Ras Tanura, and Yanbu.  With its Ras Tanura Refinery Upgrade Project, Saudi Aramco is holding exclusive negotiations with the U.S.’s Dow Chemical Company to act as the foreign partner on the estimated $16 billion development.  U.S.-based companies Bechtel, Fluor Corporation, Jacobs Engineering, and Foster Wheeler submitted expressions of interest (EoIs) for the joint front-end engineering and design (FEED), project management service (PCS), and construction management services (CMS) on October 11.  Prequalification applications were due on October 25, with requests for proposals (RFPs) to be issued on December 6.  The bid submission date is January 27, 2007, with the contract to be awarded in mid-March.  Start-up is scheduled for 2010.
    The main elements of the refinery upgrade and integrated petrochemicals project are

    • a 1.2 million-ton-a-year ethane/naphtha steam cracker;
    • a fluid catalytic converter (FCC), comprising an 80,000 barrels per day (b/d) vacuum gas oil hydrotreater;
    • an aromatics complex fed with 70,000 b/d of reformate and pyrolysis gasoline (pygas) to produce benzene, toluene; and paraxylene to feed downstream derivative units;
    • a chlor alkali facility producing about 640,000 tons a year of chlorine to feed downstream process units; and
    • downstream process units comprising 28 different world-scale units.

    In addition, the scheme will require substantial offsites and utilities work, feedstock pipelines, an ethane pipeline from the Juaymah pipeline, a new import/export jetty, and a materials handling facility.

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