Construction work has started at Duqm Refinery after contractors for the three EPC packages we issued a 'notice to proceed'.
This notice signifies the start of the project schedule of the construction work of the 230,000 bpd refinery. It is expected to be completed and be ready for start-up in 42 months' time.
Contractors will initially allocate resources to complete detailed engineering design work at their home offices where they will be joined by staff from Duqm Refinery.
The projects scope of work is divided into three separate packages. The scope of EPC one, by Técnicas Reunidas and Daewoo Engineering & Construction, includes the process units of the refinery. The scope of EPC two, by Petrofac International and Samsung Engineering, consists of the utilities and offsite facilities and EPC three, by Saipem and CB&I includes the product export terminal at Duqm Port, the Duqm Refinery dedicated crude storage tanks in Ras Markaz and the 80km pipeline from these crude tanks to Duqm Refinery.
Jacobus Nieuwenhuijze, project director of Duqm Refinery, says: 'This truly is an exciting and important milestone for all of us, since it not only signifies start of construction work but also culminates the efforts put in by stakeholders to have the project reach this stage.
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