Process contracts and projects: Global Jan 2014

Metso is to supply valves for the huge Sadara Chemical Co. chemicals complex, currently under construction in Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia. The Finnish group announced 16 Jan that it had received "significant orders" for its Neles and Jamesbury valves from Sadara - a joint venture between Saudi Aramco) and Dow Chemical Co.

A consortium of five Brazil-based companies will receive until the end of January bids for the supply of topside pumps for the pre-salt cluster. The company must be a supplier of injection pumps, submersible pumps for seawater capturing and utility pumps, and able to deliver 15 months after the award. (Details UKTI - external site)
Petrofac has placed all critical path lump-sum orders to build its new JSD 6000 deepwater derrick lay vessel, to be in service from early 2017: Shipyard for hull and marine -  ZPMC, China; Supplier/integrator of electrical and control systems - Kongsberg Maritime, Norway; J-Lay tower - IHC, UK;  Main crane and four deck cranes: National Oilwell Varco, US; Two deepwater 750mt winches: Remazel Engineering, Italy; S-Lay tensioners and pipe handling equipment - Remacut, Italy; Classification - Lloyds Register Group.

A company in Hungary company, with experience in EBRD funds and project management, is seeking UK companies with technical expertise in: Water management; wastewater management; and waste-to-energy sustainable energy projects. It intends to bid with the UK partner for projects and tenders, including those within the EC’s Horizon 2020 initiative. The response deadline is 3 Oct 2014. (More details from UKTI - external site)

Subsea Riser Products (SRP) has won a 'multi-million pound' contract with Total to supply a 3,500-psi drilling riser and deployment tooling for the Congo Moho Nord project. The scope includes 43 joints for drilling from a tension leg platform in a water depth of 780m, 75 km off the coast of Pointe Noire. Manufacturing and assembly will be in the UK and mainland Europe, for delivery by March 2015.

CB&I has signed a cooperation agreement with Chiyoda Corp. to design and build LNG export facilities in North America, CB&I announced 13 Jan. They will focus on LNG players represented by the international oil companies, as well as newer entrants including Japanese offtakers of North American produced LNG.

Chevron Canada Ltd has awarded Fluor Corp's JV with JGC an engineering, procurement and construction contract for the proposed Kitimat LNG project in Bish Cove, British Columbia. Chevron and Apache Canada Ltd each hold a 50% interest in the proposed project.

Yokogawa is to supply integrated control and safety systems (ICSS) for the Yamal LNG project to build a LNG plant and other facilities at Sabetta on Russia’s Yamal Peninsula in northwest Siberia. 
The contract, unveiled 7 Jan, was awarded by Yamgaz - a consortium of Technip and JGC Corp.  (Read more

UK-based consultancy Stopford Projects Ltd is to sign a JV deal in Abu Dhabi to create a centre offering services for the environmental technology, training and multi-disciplinary consultancy sectors in the Middle East and North Africa. The project will be backed by some of a £1m package from the North West Fund in support of the firm's UK and global expansion plans.

KSB is equipping a new pumping station for the Athmania project in Algeria with ten large water pumps. The order was placed with Belgian subsidiary KSB Belgium SA/NV by the Algerian National Agency for Dams and Water Transfer.  (Read more)

is to employ four top-entry Helix mixers from Chemineer for an agitator application at a waste plastics-to-diesel facility in southern Spain. 
The plant is said to process up to 20 tonnes of waste plastics per day, producing around 19,000 litres of liquid fuels at a conversion rate of 95%.

Kuwait Oil Co. has awarded Fluor Corp. a $410m, five-year contract to provide consulting services around the construction of new facilities and upgrading of existing facilities in Kuwait. The scope includes project management, co-ordination, planning, front-end design, engineering, contracting, procurement, project controls, construction management and training of KOC project staff. Services will be performed at KOC's base in Ahmadi, Kuwait, with front-end design packages executed in Fluor’s Farnborough, UK, office.

Shell has completes its $4.1bn acquisition of Repsol's LNG portfolio outside North America. The deal gives Shell an additional 7,200ktpa of directly managed LNG volumes - in the Atlantic from Trinidad & Tobago, and in the Pacific from Peru, as well as a fleet of LNG carriers.

Dorking, UK-based Biwater has received $43m in project financing from Barclays for the construction of a seawater desalination plant, water storage and wastewater facilities on Tortola, the largest and most populated island of the British Virgin Islands. The funding is backed by a 100% repayment guarantee from UK Export Finance.

has awarded KBR a contract to provide detailed engineering and procurement support services for the Shah Deniz stage 2 project in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea. (Read more)

Flowserve Corp. has received a multi-million dollar order from Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction to supply the pumps and energy recovery system for the seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant located near Antofagasta, Chile. (Read more

Kuwait Oil Co. has tapped Technip to provide over $400m worth of consultancy services for project management and engineering around the construction of new oil and gas infrastructure facilities in Kuwait.  (Read more)

Sulzer Pumps is to supply more than 400 pumps and agitators to CMPC Celulose Riograndense SA, one of the largest forestry-based companies in Latin America.  (Read more)

In China, CNOOC Oil & Petrochemicals Co. has awarded Technip a contract to supply its ethylene technology and process design package for a grassroots 1,000ktpa ethylene plant in Huizhou, Guangdong Province. This contract also covers technical support during detailed engineering, pre-commissioning and start-up.  (Read more)

ABB has won a $37m order from PSE SA, Poland’s state owned transmission system operator, to deliver 12 power transformers as part of an initiative to strengthen the national grid. ABB is responsible for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of the transformers which range in capacity from 275 to 500 megavolts ampere (MVA) and weigh close to 360  tonnes each. They will be installed in 11 substations across the country. Some of the substations are new installations while others are being upgraded. Deliveries are scheduled between 2014-17.

CB&I has been awarded a $55m+contract by the North West Redwater Partnership, a JV between North West Upgrading Inc. and Canadian Natural Upgrading Ltd. CB&I will provide EPC services for 18 storage tanks for bitumen feedstock and finished products for phase one of NWRP's new grassroots refinery in Sturgeon County, Alberta, Canada.

ConocoPhillips has announced a "significant" oil discovery at its Gila prospect in the deepwater US Gulf of Mexico. The company holds a 20% working interest in the Gila well, operated by BP. The Gila discovery was made by an exploration well on Keathley Canyon Block 93, about 300 miles southwest of New Orleans, in approximately 4,900 feet of water. The well was drilled to a depth of 29,221 feet penetrating multiple Paleogene-aged reservoir sands.

Saudi Aramco has tapped Foster Wheeler to provide engineering and project management services for the development of the Fadhili Gas Program in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. FW said, 20 Dec, it will execute the FEED for the grassroots Fadhili Gas Plant, which has a planned total processing capacity of 1.5bn standard cubic feet per day of non-associated gas.  (Read more)

Engineers KBR has entered into an enterprise framework agreement with Shell under which Shell may call on KBR to provide pipe fabrication and module assembly to support Shell’s projects in North America seven years, with the ability to extend for up to an additional three years. The remit is to improve long-term productivity, increase reliability and reduce the total cost of ownership.

In Canada, Foster Wheeler has been awarded a contract by North West Redwater Partnership for the design and supply of three model AG-5325 package steam generating systems located at NWR’s Sturgeon Refinery, Sturgeon County, Alberta. Delivery is scheduled to begin in Q1/15. NWR Partnership is a JV between North West Upgrading Inc. and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. The Partnership targets to build and operate a world-class bitumen refinery in Alberta.

KBR said 19 Dec that its ammonia process technology has been selected by Midwest Fertilizer Corp. for its new fertiliser plant in Mt. Vernon, Indiana. The 2,200 tonne per day plant will utilise the Purifier process that, claims KBR, delivers the lowest energy consumption in the industry, reduces capital costs and improves overall plant operations. KBR will provide the technology license, basic engineering and design package, and supply of proprietary equipment for the world-scale grassroots facility.

Up to February 2014, Friatec AG's Rheinhütte Pumpen division, based in Wiesbaden, Germany is supplying 63 pumps to the Sadara chemical complex in Saudi Arabia. The pumps will mainly be used for the production of basic chemicals. The total order value is in excess of Euro2.8m. One of the largest chemical complexes in the world, Sadara is currently being developed at Jubail Industrial City II in Saudi Arabia as a JV between Dow Chemical Co. and Saudi Aramco.

BP has completed its modernisation of its Whiting, Indiana refinery, having brought all of the major new units on-stream, the company said 18 Dec. The start-up of a new 102k bpd coker gives the reconfigured refinery the flexibility to greatly increase heavy sour crude processing.This, expects BP, will deliver $1bn of operating cash flow per year. 

SPX Corp. has won a $50m contract from Synutra France International to establish a powdered infant formula processing plant in  the Brittany region of France. The unit will use SPX process systems to convert milk and other ingredients into powdered infant formula and other whey protein powdered products for export to China. SPX will design and install all of the automated systems needed to convert fresh milk and whey into dry powdered ingredients and infant formula, including special wet and dry food processing technologies. The completed facility is due to be operational in 2015.

Foster Wheeler has been awarded a contract for two Terrace Wall hydrogen reformers by GS Engineering & Construction Corp - acting for the EPC consortium for the $9bn Nghi Son Refinery and Petrochemical (NSRP) complex to be constructed in the Nghi Son Economic Zone, Vietnam. FW will design and supply the reformers with a combined capacity of 145ktpa of hydrogen. FW was awarded the license package for the hydrogen production unit directly by NSRP in 2010. Delivery of the reformers is due by Q4/15.

The Shah Deniz consortium on 17 Dec announced the final investment decision for stage 2 development of the Shah Deniz gas field in the Caspian Sea, offshore Azerbaijan. This decision triggers plans to expand the South Caucasus Pipeline through Azerbaijan and Georgia, to construct the Trans Anatolian Gas Pipeline across Turkey and to construct the Trans Adriatic Pipeline across Greece, Albania and into Italy. Together these projects, as well as gas transmission infrastructure to Bulgaria, will create a new Southern Gas Corridor to Europe. The Shah Deniz co-venturers are: BP, operator (28.8%), SOCAR (16.7%), Statoil (15.5%), Total (10%), Lukoil (10%), NICO (10%) and TPAO (9%).  (Read more)

Alfa Laval has won an order to supply equipment to an offshore oil platform in the North Sea. The order, booked in Energy & Environment segment, has a value of approximately SEK 50 million and delivery is scheduled for 2014.
separator. The Alfa Laval equipment will be part of the auxiliary system on the platform.

Kuwait Oil Co. has awarded WorleyParsons Kuwait a five-year $400m contract for the supply of programme management services to help it reach optimum capacity in its oilfields and enhance its facilities. The contract covers project management, co-ordination, planning, design, engineering, construction management, contracting, procurement, project controls and other services for construction of new facilities, up-grading of existing facilities and transfer of technology.

Jacobs Engineering Group has been awarded a contract by Midwest Fertilizer to provide programme management services for a nitrogen-based fertilizer plant in Posey County, Indiana. Construction for the $2.4bn plant is to begin in November of 2014 and take three years to complete. The US is currently the largest importer of nitrogen fertiliser, according to the US government figures.

Oman and BP have signed a gas sales deal and an amended production-sharing agreement for the Khazzan field, with BP as operator. The $16bn development will involve drilling around 300 wells over 15 years to deliver up to 28.3m cubic metres of gas per day and 25k bpd of gas condensate, BP said 16 Dec. The Khazzan project represents the first phase in the development of one of the Middle East region’s largest unconventional tight gas accumulations.

On the Queensland Curtis LNG project, BG Group said 16 Dec that first gas has been transported from the Surat Basin coal seam gas fields onto Curtis Island where the liquefaction terminal is located. This follows a two-year project to lay more than 46 000 lengths of one-metre diameter steel pipe over 540km - the longest large-diameter buried pipeline in Australia. Commissioning work can begin in Q1/14 on the first of two LNG production trains being developed by BG  as part of the QCLNG project.

For an upgrade of its Gusinoozyorskaya thermal power plant in Gusinoozyorsk, eastern Siberia, JSC Inter RAO - Electric Power Plants is equipping its coal-fired 210MW Block 4 with a new process automation system. The plant generates 4.3m kWh/yr of electricity and has a heat output of 320k Gcal. The plant's installed power generation capacity amounts to 1,100MW. The Metso DNA-based automation system is manufactured by Russian engineering company Rakurs.

Alfa Laval is to supply a leading global carriers with its PureDry waste fuel recovery system to 40 vessels. The order, booked in the Marine & Diesel Equipment segment, has a value of approximately SEK40m and delivery is scheduled for 2014 and 2015. The system recovers all reusable fuel from a vessel’s waste fuel oil. It employs a combination of separation technologies, a new type of high-speed centrifugal separator, combining a solid bowl with self-cleaning technology.

KSB is equipping a new pumping station for the Athmania project in Algeria with ten large water pumps. The order was placed with Belgian subsidiary KSB Belgium SA/NV by the Algerian National Agency for Dams and Water Transfer (ANBT)