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Duqm Refinery and Petrochemical Industries Company (DRPIC) has invited seven prequalified firms and consortia to submit tenders for an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for a 230,000 b/d capacity refinery at Duqm, on the Arabian Sea coast of central Oman.
DRPIC says that 15 international firms have prequalified for the tender, in a combination of joint ventures, alliances and sole entities. The company plans to award the work in two EPC packages: one will cover all crude oil processing equipment and related structures, with a smaller one covering support facilities, utilities and tankage.
Duqm refinery project director Jacobus Nieuwenhuijze says the tender process will “remain the focus of much of the team for the next year.” Project completion is expected by the end of 2019. UK’s Amec Foster Wheeler is expected to complete front-end engineering design (FEED) for the Duqm refinery by the end of 2015. Site preparation work is already under way (MEES, 8 May).
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