State-refiner Kuwait National Petroleum Corporation (KNPC) has prequalified seven engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) groups to bid for its estimated $18bn refinery upgrade megaproject.
The clean fuels project (CFP) covers the upgrade of the Mina al-Ahmadi and Mina Abdullah refineries to boost their combined capacity to 800,000 barrels a day (b/d) from 736,000 b/d.
The project has been split into three packages. The first covers process units and revamp work at the Mina al-Ahmadi refinery. The second package is for process units at the Mina Abdullah and Shuaiba refineries, while the final package covers the entire scope of facilities at Mina al-Ahmadi. The consortiums will only be allowed to bid on a maximum of two of the three packages available.
KNPC is yet to announce the prequalified firms for its second megaproject to build a new 615,000 b/d refinery at Al-Zour in the south of the country.