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KIPIC Al-Zour Oil Refinery Project
Client
Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (KIPIC)
Location
Al-Zour, Kuwait

The Al-Zour Refinery is located in Al-Zour, approximately 90 kilometers south of Kuwait City, adjacent to the existing Al-Zour South Power Plant. When completed, the new complex is expected to be one of the largest refineries in the world, producing 615,000 barrels per day (BPD).

KIPIC Al Zour Refinery Sketch - EPC
Client's Challenge

KIPIC is a subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation set up by the State of Kuwait to manage refinery, petrochemicals and LNG import operations in the Al-Zour complex. KIPIC is constructing a new world-class grass roots refinery in Kuwait to produce low sulfur fuel oil to replace high sulfur fuel oil used in local power plants.

This large-scale refinery is designed to process 615,000 BPD of light Kuwait crude oil or 535,000 BPD of heavy mix Kuwait crude oil.

This refinery uses the latest technology to comply with stringent environmental regulations to protect the local environment, and at the same time produces the latest environmentally friendly ultra-low sulfur diesel fuels for worldwide markets as well as jet fuel, kerosene and naphtha feedstock for petrochemical plants.

The Al-Zour Refinery will use a combination of conventional and proprietary licensed hydro processing technologies to convert the light and heavy crudes into low sulfur fuel oil (LSFO) and lighter products.

KIPIC Al Zour Refinery Process Sketch - EPC
COOEC-Fluor's Solution

Large-scale off-site pipe fabrication and a pre-assembled rack and pre-assembled unit (PAR + PAU) modular execution strategy is planned. Module fabrication is taking place at the COOEC-Fluor Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (COOEC-Fluor) fabrication yard in Zhuhai, China.

KIPIC Al Zour Refinery Process Sketch - EPC
Conclusion

The Al-Zour Refinery is being built on a greenfield site located south of Kuwait City and will be one of the largest refineries in the world upon completion.

In May 2018, the first 14 of the project’s 188 modules were loaded onto a barge and shipped from the COOEC-Fluor fabrication yard to Kuwait.