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Oman’s Duqm Refinery and Petrochemical Industries Company (DRPIC) has issued prequalification documents for an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for a new 230,000 b/d refinery in the Duqm special economic zone.
The EPC award is expected in 2016 with a view to 2018 plant start-up. The refinery development cost is estimated at $6bn.
DRPIC, a joint venture of state-owned Oman Oil Company (OOC) and Abu Dhabi government’s International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC), appointed Shaw Group as project management consultant in 2012. France’s Technip assumed this role by purchasing the US contractor’s energy and chemicals unit. Swiss-registered Foster Wheeler has reportedly been lined up for the Duqm refinery front-end engineering design (FEED), but this has not been confirmed. (CONTINUED - 279 WORDS)