Kuwait’s Kipic has awarded US firm McDermott a contract to provide basic engineering, a technology license and catalysts for an integrated low pressure recovery (LPR) and olefins conversion technology (OCT) unit. This will be installed in a petrochemical plant that will be integrated with a refinery being built at Al Zour in the Partitioned Neutral Zone between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. KBR says the unit will have capacity to produce 330,000 t/y of polymer grade propylene from refinery by-product streams. Kipic’s 615,000 b/d Al Zour refinery is, like most Kuwaiti petroleum projects, behind schedule. Kipic’s official target is now to begin commissioning the plant in November 2019, but it is thought unlikely to happen until 2020 (MEES, 30 November 2018).