A total of 26 approved
projects are either completed or in progress during the
fiscal year 2012/2013. 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.
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
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
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
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
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
1- Fourth Gas Plant Train at MAA
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
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
3- NEW NORTH LPG TANK FARM
Project aims at fulfilling the following objectives:
the LPG tankage in light of the 4th
and5th gas train projects requirement.
simultaneous loading of two gas tankers with the same product.
simultaneous bunkering and loading of the same tanker.
emissions from existing KNG tanks on the South LPG tank farm by adding Geodesic
domes and replacing floating roofs.
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
4- NEW AGRP and REVAMP of EXISTING AGRP
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.
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
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
objective of this project is to:
- Revamp the facilities so as to increase
- 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
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
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.
project’s capacity will reach 460 tons per day of sulphur.
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
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.
FGRU project is nearing completion as work progress reached around 95%.The
whole project is set for commissioning in August 2013
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
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
10- CONSTRUCTION OF FOUR NEW FILLING STATIONS
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
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
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
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