Duqm: Duqm Refinery project is witnessing a significant growth in the construction activities made by the three Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractors.
The overall progress of the work has almost reached 13 per cent and this includes EPC works comprising, excavation works, concrete pouring for foundations of buildings and the construction of pipe-rack. A total of 4,769 workers have been mobilised by all EPC contractors with 3,275 at site to start the initial works of the construction.
EPC1 Temporary Construction Facilities installations continue at site. Civil and foundations works continue at site for civil packages and works continued on pipe rack foundations, tanks, pits and roads. Reinforced Concrete superstructure work, foundation works on buildings and excavations for underground piping is also ongoing.
Meanwhile, the progress in EPC2 includes the buildup of the temporary site facilities including warehouse construction and completion of offices. Fencing also continues, as well as excavations and foundation works for the main substation 490 and administration buildings.
The construction of EPC3 sub-package (C) work has started with general site clearing blasting and fill works to allow the start of foundations for tanks. Furthermore, excavation work has completed. In addition to that, 25 cabins and 10 office modules have been delivered and installed for the temporary construction facilities.
Commenting on the progress of construction, Dr Salim bin Saif Al Huthaili, CEO of Duqm Refinery Project said: “We are pleased to see the progress of work in our project and we aim to deliver it within the allocated time and budget. Once delivered, Duqm Refinery will contribute in boosting the Omani economy and will be a catalyst for growth in the Special Economic Zone of Duqm (SEZD). It will also contribute to the emergence of other industries in the zone and will contribute in creating direct and indirect job opportunities for locals.”
The project has worked a total of 3.7 million man-hours with zero time wasting fatalities or injury incidents. Also, over 1000 safety inductions have been given and 10,000 job specific safety employee training sessions provided.
Duqm Refinery contractors for the three EPC packages include: EPC Package 1 (Process Units): Joint Venture of Técnicas Reunidas S.A. and Daewoo Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd, EPC Package 2 (Utilities and Offsites): Joint Venture of Petrofac International Limited and Samsung Engineering Co Limited, EPC Package 3 (Offsite Facilities): Joint Venture of Saipem SpA and CB&I.
The refinery is designed to be able to process a range of blended crude oils and configured as a full-conversion hydrocracker / coking facility, which will utilize advanced technology, commercially proven at the scale of the project, supplied by leading technology licensors.
Engineering, procurement and construction of the project is being undertaken under three lump sum turn-key contracts with world class contractors. Formal notice to proceed was issued to the EPC contractors in June 2018.