Kuwait cancels Al-Zour refinery contract - Fluor

20 March 2009 13:24  [Source: ICIS news]

Kuwait cancels refinery contractTORONTO (ICIS news)--Kuwait National Petroleum Co (KNPC) has cancelled a contract for its Al-Zour grassroots refinery project, US petrochemicals engineering contractor Fluor said on Friday.

Fluor said it received notification from KNPC to stop work on the utilities and offsite work for the Al-Zour refinery.

The company has approximately 300 employees at Al-Zour.

Fluor would remove the remaining contract value of about $2.1bn (€1.5bn) from its backlog in the first quarter, it said.

It did not disclose capacities, total project value or the reason for the cancellation.

According to information on KNPC’s website, the grassroots project was planned with a capacity of 615,000 bbl/day.

Regional industry reports put total project value at $15bn. The reports cited alleged irregularities in contract awards as the reason for the cancellation.

In late December, Kuwait's Petrochemicals Industries Co cancelled a major contract for a petrochemicals joint venture with Dow Chemical.

Analysts have said to expect delays and problems with Middle East projects as the global economic crisis takes hold in the region.

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