Amec Foster Wheeler has been awarded a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract to modernise the Heydar Aliyev Oil Refinery (HAOR) in Baku, Azerbaijan.
The contract, awarded by the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR), is part of a major investment to increase the refinery’s capacity and improve the quality of the fuel produced.
The scope of work is for the development of a number of facilities and the integration of technologies by other providers at HAOR said AFW.
This will include new facilities for diesel hydro-treatment, isomerisation, methyl tertiary-butyl ether, fluid catalytic cracking gasoline treatment, sour water stripper, amine treatment and sulphur recovery.
A number of existing facilities will also be revamped, including those for crude and vacuum distillation, fluid catalytic cracking and continuous catalytic reforming.
Roberto Penno, AFW’s Group President for Asia, Middle East, Africa, and Southern Europe, said: “We have successfully delivered a number of projects for SOCAR, both in Azerbaijan and in other countries and look forward to continuing our partnership with this contract for the Heydar Aliyev Oil Refinery, a particularly important facility for the country.”
Work is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2017, while the modernisation of the refinery is expected to be completed within several phases through to early 2020.