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Summary Information

  • Also known as Al Zoor Refinery Project
  • Ownership: KNPC
  • Website:
  • Wiki Page: Al Zour Refinery
  • Location: Kuwait
  • Capacity: 30.75 million tons/annum & 615,000 bbl/day
  • Nelson Complexity:
  • Project Stage: Planning
  • Expected Completion: 2019
  • Budget:

The Project

  • Project Type: Greenfield Refinery
  • Project Summary: The New Refinery Project is a 615,000 bpd grassroots refinery to be built in Kuwait and will consist of over 15 process units plus buildings, utilities and offsite facilities.
  • Main Contractors
    • AMEC: Project Management Consultancy (PMC) contract
    • Honeywell: Integrated Control and Safety System (ICSS)
    • UOP: Licences for various units
    • Fluor / Daewoo / Hyundai : EPC package for a variety of key process units, utilities and infrastructure
  • Cancelled Contracts
    • HDEC received the fifth package worth around U$ 1.12 billion to build the marine facilities

Refining Units

  • Residuum Hydrotreater Complex - 330,000 BPSD - Chevron Lummus Global
  • 50,000 barrels per day (bpd) RFCC complex with ethylene and propylene recovery,
  • 24,000 bpd Honeywell UOP SelectfiningTM unit to produce low-sulfur gasoline.
  • Two Honeywell UOP Merox™ units
  • UOP Ethermax™ unit
  • Butamer™ unit
  • CCR Platforming™ unit, 66,000 barrel-per-day (bpd)
  • naphtha hydrotreater, 74,000 bpd
  • LD Parex™ aromatics complex — including the Honeywell UOP Sulfolane™, Isomar™ and Tatoray™ processes
  • Oleflex™ propane dehydrogenation unit, 660,000 metric tons per year

Terminal Capacity

  • Crude Oil:
  • Refined Products:

Crude Supply

  • Will process Kuwait Export, Medium and Heavy grade crudes

Products Produced

  • The refinery will produce 225,000BPSD of low sulfur Fuel Oil(1.0wt.%Sulfur)to meet the growing demand of power generation plants in Kuwait.
  • Will produce 340,000 bpd of export products


  • 2012 - Project expected to be restarted
  • 2012 - AMEC awarded $528 million Project Management Consultancy (PMC) contract
  • 2013 - Honeywell awarded ICSS contract
  • 2015 - Fluor awarded EPC contract
  • 2017 - UOP awarded contracts for upgrading

Other Information

  • Due to political problems, the project was cancelled.
  • However, it is now going to be revived

Relevant Links

  1. KNPC, Projects
  2. SK E&C Receives Orders for Plant Construction in Amount of $2.06 Billion
  3. Chevron Lummus Global Selected by Kuwait National Petroleum Corporation to Build World’s Largest Residuum Hydrotreater Complex
  4. Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd. tops U$ 5 Billion in New Orders from Overseas
  5. AMEC awarded $528 million new refinery contract by KNPC, Kuwait
  6. Honeywell To Automate Systems For Largest Refinery In The Middle East
  7. Fluor Awarded Kuwait’s Al-Zour Contracts
  8. Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company to Expand Al-Zour Refinery with Honeywell Technology
  9. Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company to Expand Al-Zour Refinery with Honeywell Technology

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