Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) has awarded Technip Italy the EPC contract for the design and construction of a new processing unit which will expand the capacity of its ENOC Processing Company (EPCL) Jebel Ali facility by 50 per cent
The expansion project comprises three separate packages at an estimated value in excess of US$1billion. The expected date for commercial production is Q4 of 2019.
The main package of the project will add a new condensate processing train to the existing facility, expanding its daily capacity to 210,000 barrels, up from its existing current 140,000 bpd. Additional processing units will also be added, including a new LPG/naphta hydrotreater, an isomerisation unit, kerosiene hydrotreater, and a diesel hydrotreator. These units will ensure that the refinery’s fuel products, which include gasoline, jet fuel and diesel, are capable of meeting expanding domestic fuel demand, as well as for export purposes.
Commenting on the project, His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, ENOC’s vice chairman, said, “As the UAE continues its journey as a regional powerhouse, meeting the growing energy demand tops the government’s agenda. We continue to move forward to realise our wise leadership’s vision in the establishment of a robust infrastructure to support the growth of the UAE economy which is based on the diversification of energy resources by increasing fuel production through the expansion of EPCL’s refinery. This ambitious expansion project is one of the key building blocks in the energy infrastructure sector to meet future demands and supports our sustainable growth in line with Dubai Plan 2021.”
In response to the UAE’s drive towards clean energy, the expanded EPCL facility will manufacture products for the local market meeting stringent Euro 5 standards.
Marco Villa, president of Technip’s Region EMIA, covering Europe, Middle East, India, Africa and Latin America, commented, “We are proud to reinforce the long lasting relationship between Technip and ENOC for the expansion of the Jebel Ali Refinery, which was successfully delivered by Technip in 1999. We are firmly committed to repeat, and even more improve, our strong performance of the original Jebel Ali Refinery Project.”
The subsequent two packages of the project will include the construction of storage tanks and a 31,000 square foot warehouse. Suitable contractors are currently being shortlisted prior to the tendering process for both packages.