McDermott International's Lummus Technology wins contact for OCT unit in KIPIC's PRIZe project

McDermott International's Lummus Technology wins contact for OCT unit in KIPIC's PRIZe project
Al Zour Refinery facility will process 615,000 barrel per day of crude to produce high value products and low sulphur fuel oil required by Kuwait's Ministry of Electricity and Water (Source:
Published: 22 April 2019 - noon

McDermott International, an American multinational engineering, procurement, construction and installation company, has won a technology contract to work on Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company’s (KIPIC) Petrochemical Refinery Integration Al-Zour (PRIZe) project.

The deal covers the basic engineering, technology license, and catalysis for an integrated low-pressure recovery and olefins conversion technology (OCT) unit.

Upon completion, the unit will produce 330,000 tonnes of polymer grade propylene each year, using refinery byproduct streams.

McDermott unit Lummus Technology – which licenses petrochemicals, refining, gasification, and gas processing technology – will deliver the contract.

Commenting on the deal, Lummus Technology’s senior vice president, Leon De Bruyn, said PRIZe would mark the 50th OCT unit to be licensed by Lummus.

The financial impact of the award will reflect in McDermott’s Q1 2019 backlog, according to the American company that features names such as Saudi Aramco in its clientele.

The PRIZe project includes the addition of a gasoline block, an aromatics block, an OCT unit, polypropylene units, associated utilities, and offsite facilities to the site of Al Zour refinery.

These will be integrated with the Zour Refinery and LNGI projects, which will all be operated as a single unit upon their completion.

Kipic is developing the Al-Zour complex located 70km south of capital Kuwait City, with plans also in place to develop a petrochemicals and gasoline manufacturing facility close to the under-construction Al Zour refinery and liquefied natural gas facilities.

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