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Fluor led JV announces completion of clean fuels project in southern Kuwait

Once commissioning is complete, both refineries will have a capacity of 800,000 barrels per day to meet local and international demand for clean fuels

Fluor Corporation and its joint venture (JV) partners Daewoo Engineering & Construction and Hyundai Heavy Industries have achieved final provisional turnover of the facilities for Kuwait National Petroleum Company’s (KNPC) Mina Abdullah Package 2 (MAB2) Clean Fuels Project.

According to a statement, the Clean Fuels Program is being delivered on three KNPC-owned and operated refineries in Kuwait. As part of the programme, KNPC says it plans to retire existing processing facilities at the Shuaiba Refinery and perform a major upgrade and expansion of the MAB and Mina Al-Ahmadi refineries, to integrate the refining system into one complex with full conversion operations.

“This significant milestone marks the completion and successful handover of MAB2 facilities to KNPC. It has been an honour to complete this megaproject alongside KNPC, while training hundreds of their personnel and leveraging multiple local suppliers and contractors. We look forward to providing ongoing support to the refinery’s commercial operations and helping KNPC deliver on its mission to strengthen Kuwait’s economy by producing high-quality fuels to meet both local and international demand,” said Mark Fields, president of Fluor’s global Energy & Chemicals business.

The MAB2 package facility features what’s billed as a world-scale hydrogen plant (steam reformers), sulfur block (sour water stripper, amine regeneration unit and sulfur recovery unit) and utilities, off-sites and non-process buildings. It also covers extensive modifications to the existing Mina Abdullah refinery units, the statement explained.

Abdulla F S Al Ajmi, deputy CEO of KNPC remarked, “Working together with the Fluor-led JV team to achieve this important milestone for the CFP is a true success not only for KNPC but for the State of Kuwait as well, as it will bring further prosperity for all of us. It has been a long but truly amazing journey that now has reached its destination.”

Over 12,000 craft workers are said to have been on-site during peak construction, supported by a JV team across three continents. The project team executed more than 127m workhours at site and, through an intense and effective HSE program, together achieved a world-class total case incident rate (TCIR) of 0.046, the statement said.

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