Saudi Aramco awards Jazan grassroots refinery contract to KBR

09 February 2011 15:51  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--Saudi Aramco has awarded US petrochemicals and engineering firm KBR a contract for work on a planned 400,000 bbl/day grassroots refinery at Jazan, Saudi Arabia, KBR said on Wednesday.

KBR, which won the project’s front-end engineering and design work, said the refinery and an associated marine terminal were designed to provide “a primary foundation industry” for the Jazan Economic City development on Saudi Arabia's southern Red Sea coast.

The refinery would help meet Saudi Arabia’s growing domestic demand for oil products, KBR added.

KBR said it expected work on the project to begin this month. It did not disclose financial details or the refinery’s expected completion date.

"KBR is pleased to be selected to take part in such a significant project for Saudi Aramco," said John Quinn, president of the company's downstream business.

Earlier this month, US engineering firm Jacobs won a contract from Saudi Aramco for a $1bn (€730m) lube oil refinery expansion in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia.

($1 = €0.73)

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