Major Projects

 

Completed and Ongoing Projects

 

 Major Projects

PROJECTS

A total of 26 approved projects  are  either completed or in progress during the fiscal year 2012/2031.  They belong to the three refineries, the Local Marketing and one project at Wafra. Projects  Departments 1&2 are assuming the role of the custodian of those projects.

But before capitalizing on these projects, we have to make a brief stopover to review the distance the company covered in the launching of its two mega projects ;namely Al-Zour Refinery Project (ZOR), and the Clean Fuel Project CFP

CLEAN FUEL PROJECT (CFP)

It is one of the strategic projects of Kuwait National Petroleum Company which aimed at upgrading  and expanding the existing KNPC two refineries at Mina Abdulla and Mina Al-Ahmadi. The CFP will transform the two refineries into an integrated merchant refining complex that meets the diversified  requirements of the world oil market. carrying out the project will maintain high safety and environment standards in line with KPC directions. Total  refining capacity  of this complex  after the CFP completion will go up to 800,000 barrels a day.

Work progress is going as  per the set plan. The  Project  Management Consultant PMC contract  has been signed commissioning an international firm to supervise implementation and prepare tendering documents and technical specifications. Another contract for the  site preparation and infra- structure   has also been signed and  commenced

Contractors qualification process has also been completed. As the company had long time ago received and stored the heavy equipment like the vessels and  reactors  which need a long  time for  manufacturing and transportation .The updated and sanctioned budget  for CFP is KD 4,680 million. It is set for completion in 2017

AL-ZOUR REFINERY PROJECT  (ZOR)

The project is intended to build a grass root refinery at Al-Zour area ,south of Kuwait City with a total capacity of 615,000 barrels per day. The Refinery has a strategic goal of supplying low sulfur fuel (less than 1% compared to current 4% sulfur fuel) to the local power plants. This will  significantly reduce pollutant emissions and in that sense it constitutes a special importance to the environment.

Al-Zour Refinery which will be one of the largest  oil refining plant worldwide, will fulfill the downstream strategy of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation. In addition to its domestic  benefits as the prime supplier of feedstock to the power plants, Al-Zour Refinery will enhance competitiveness of Kuwait petroleum products on the world markets on the account of its ability to meet the stringent requirements of those markets

The project implementation is proceeding according to set plans  and covered the following steps:

-   The Supreme Petroleum Council gave KPC and KNPC the green light to go ahead with the project implementation in February 2012

    Project Management Consultant contract was signed in December 2012.The contract provides for PMC supervision of implementation, preparation of Scope of Work and technical specification beside tendering procedures and conditions

    Central Control Systems consultant contract has been tendered. Site  preparations have commenced. The project was approved by Kuwait-Environment Public Authority (K-EPA).

 

1- Fourth  Gas Plant Train at MAA

Project objective is to install a 4th Gas Plant Train at Mina Al-Ahmadi Refinery for processing additional associated gas & condensates produced in the fields by KOC and KNPC various refineries. The projected capacity of the new gas plant train will be 805 million cubic feet a day in addition to 106 thousand barrels of condensates. This will increase the LPG amount available to the company to  approximately 2,270  cubic Ft. per day2.

 

2-  FIFTH LPG  TRAIN at MAA

The project envisages adding a 5th LPG train for processing additional gases from fields, and refining plants. FEED has already been evaluated while the company embarked on appraisal of the project’s economics in light of the changes in the amount of gases from KOC fields with a  futuristic perspective

 

3-  NEW NORTH LPG TANK FARM

The Project aims at fulfilling the following objectives: 

Increase the  LPG tankage in light of the 4th and5th gas train projects requirement.

Allow simultaneous loading of two gas tankers with the same product.

Allow simultaneous bunkering and loading of the same tanker.

Reduce emissions from existing KNG tanks on the South LPG tank farm by adding Geodesic domes and replacing floating roofs.

According to this project the current 10 north gas tanks will be replaced by another 10 tanks, each with the capacity of 72,350 cubic meters to provide the company with much larger tankage capability. Implementation of the project commenced in April 2011 and its completion is planned in  June 2015.

 

4-  NEW AGRP and REVAMP of EXISTING AGRP

According to this project a new Acid Gas Removal Unit will be installed at Mina Al-Ahmadi Refinery with a total capacity of 146MMSCF/D of gas feed (with 5%H2S) and condensate feed of 39 B/PSD.The project also envisages revamp of the existing AGRP to reach similar capacity  based on the projected feed availability from KOC facilities and the existing AGRP capacity/reliability.

The project is based on the directives of KPC to cut down flaring at West Kuwait to 1%. It will also generate economic benefits beside reducing pollution. Project implementation is set to complete in November 2015.

5-  LONG TERM LNG IMPORT FACILITIES

The project’s purpose is to provide long term facilities for receiving supplies of LNG to supply feed to the power generation plants in the country during period of peak electricity demand. Al-Zour area was selected as the most appropriate site for the LNG receiving, re-gassation and    storage in tanks.

 

6-  SULPHUR HANDLING FACILITIES PROJECT AT MAA REFINERY

The objective of this project is to:

- Revamp the facilities so as to increase available capacity.

- Increase the transfer rate and thereby reduce  the ship loading time.

- Utilize larger ships for sulphur loading.

- Meet K-EPA requirements and enhance the safety aspects.

FEED work has been completed, while preparations are underway for the tendering  phase  as the whole project is set for completion in November2016.

 

7- NEW TGT UNIT at MAA REFINERY

This project envisages building a New Tail Gas Treatment unit parallel to the existing facility along  with new Sour Gas Absorber and new regenerator in the Further Upgrading Area (FUP) at the refinery to process the entire Tail Gas produced  by the Upstream Sulphur Recovery Units  and meet the requirements  of K-EPA.

The project’s capacity will reach 460 tons per day of sulphur.

It will increase sulphur recovery capacity at the sulphur recovery units  and thereby reduce  gas emissions. The project is set for completion in March 2015.

8- FLARE GAS RECOVERY UNIT at MAA REFINERY

The project objective is to install a Flare Gas Recovery Unit, designed for handling  hydrocarbon flare load from the RMP&FUP areas in the refinery. Gas flaring will be stopped significantly and pollution to the environment as a result of this flaring will be substantially reduced. The project has its economic benefits beside its impact on pollution reduction.

The FGRU project is nearing completion as work progress reached around 95%.The whole project is set for commissioning in August 2013

FGRU project has been  recorded in the Clean Development Mechanism of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC, as the first  project by the State of Kuwait under Kyoto protocol.

 

9-  REVAMP OF EFFLUENT TREATMENT FACILITIES AT THREE REFINERIES

This project is intended to upgrade the existing waste water treatment facilities at the three refineries. In order to meet mandatory Industrial Water Discharge Standards stipulated by K-EPA by installing the following   facilities:

-    Tertiary water treatment facilities as one single combined  plant  for processing  of combined oily streams and surplus stripped Sour Water from MAB, & SHUAIBA refineries at MAB location.

-    Upgraded and debottlenecked centralized waste water treatment facilities at MAA old refinery.

-    Additional facilities at Shuaiba Refinery for segregation and collection of effluent.

-    Inter connection between those facilities at SHU,MAB Refineries at MAB location.

-    Overall project is set for completion by March 2014.

10- CONSTRUCTION OF  FOUR NEW FILLING STATIONS

The new filling stations are expected to complete by  April 2014 as work is  intensively progressing. They are located at the following locations: Um-Alaish in northern Kuwait, Waha in Jahra governorate, Jaber Stadium, Ardiya and  Saddique area

The filling facilities will naturally ease pressure on other stations in the indicated areas and provide  fuel supplies to increasing the number of cars.

 

11- EXPANSION AND REVAMP OF AHMADI DEPOT

Based on recommendations for short term augmentation of the supply of Mogas, Gas Oil, Kerosene and other products, the expansion and revamp of Ahmadi depot project is now underway to increase the depot’s storage capacity of different petroleum products for the local market. The project envisages installation of 11 additional tanks and 7 new loading arms.

 

12- CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW DEPOT AT MATLAA

Based on the long term (2030) recommendations for future energy demand forecast, a feasibility study has been prepared to establish a new Depot at Matlaa area in the North of Kuwait. The project main goal is to meet the growing demand of petroleum products in the local market as well as to maintain the maximum strategic stock in depots as per KPC recommendations and to cut down products transportation costs. The study has been completed and ready for the PRC (Projects Review Committee) review and appropriate action