2020 RPME Top 30 EPC Contractors: McDermott

Published: 13 April 2020 - 3:30 a.m.
By: Martin Menachery
In October 2019 McDermott announced it has been awarded a large contract by Saudi Aramco and Total Raffinage Chimie (Total) to provide licences, basic engineering package, extended basic engineering, training, technical services and supply of proprietary equipment for what will be one of the world's largest mixed feed crackers.

As part of the contract, McDermott's Lummus Technology will provide licensing and engineering services for its olefins technology, low pressure recovery (refinery off-gas recovery and treating), pygas hydrotreating, CDMtbe Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) (production technology using catalytic distillation), CDIB (back cracking of MTBE to produce high-purity isobutylene and methanol) and the BASF NMP (N-methylpyrrolidone-based butadiene extraction process).

In addition, Lummus will provide its proprietary Short Residence Time (SRT) heaters. Lummus has a reputation for innovation and reliability in the market and this award strengthens our industry-leading ethylene position by taking on the role of master licensor for multiple licensed units," said Leon de Bruyn, senior vice president, technology, McDermott.

"The award is also a testament of our long-standing relationship with Aramco and Total and our commitment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia." Linh Austin, senior vice president, Middle East and North Africa, McDermott, added that the award further demonstrates McDermott's ability to support the kingdom's stated objective of increasing petrochemical production.

"This award sets the foundation for Saudi Aramco and Total to deliver a world-scale integrated refinery and petrochemicals complex," Austin said.

In July 2019, McDermott announced that it has been awarded a sizeable contract by Total Oman E&P Development in partnership with Oman Oil Company to provide front-end engineering design (FEED) services for the Sohar LNG bunkering project in Oman. This project is intended to establish Oman as a regional LNG bunkering hub capable of supplying LNG as a fuel to marine vessels.

The scope of work during the FEED phase includes fully defining the onshore mid-scale LNG facilities and preparing a competitive tender for the engineering, procurement, supply, construction and commissioning phase. The global LNG bunkering market is entering a rapid growth period driven largely by the International Maritime Organization's legislation to significantly limit sulphur emissions.

"This award is a reflection of McDermott's 60-year history of delivering innovative LNG solutions worldwide, beginning with our tank storage solutions in the 1950s, to our liquefaction capabilities today," said Austin. In May 2019, McDermott announced that it has been awarded a sizeable (McDermott defines a sizeable contract as between $1mn and $50mn.) contract by ADNOC Refining to provide FEED services for the Refinery Offgases (ROG) project at the Ruwais Refinery in Abu Dhabi.

The scope of work in the concept study phase includes evaluating various technology configurations and options for the recovery of hydrogen, ethane and sales-grade LPG, or C3 and C4. The ROG FEED services will be used as the basis for the preparation of the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) estimate and inquiry phase.

On 10 May 2018, McDermott announced that it has completed its combination with CB&I, creating a premier, fully integrated provider of technology, engineering and construction solutions for the energy industry.

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