Fluor, Daewoo, Hyundai JV start up boilers at KIPIC’s Al Zour Refinery

The joint venture of New York Stock Exchange-listed global engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction and maintenance firm Flour with Daewoo Engineering & Construction (E&C), and Hyundai Heavy Industries (FDH JV) has successfully started up two boilers that began generating steam in the new Al-Zour Refinery.

The refinery is a part of the Kuwait Integrated Petrochemicals Industrial Company’s (KIPIC) Package 2 and 3 project in the country.

In a stock market filing Fluor said that it is leading the JV that is working to deliver two engineering, procurement, fabrication, and construction packages for key process support units, utilities, and infrastructure for the highly complex, mega-sized Al-Zour Refinery project.

Upon completion, the grassroots complex is expected to be one of the largest refineries in the world, with the capacity to process 615,000 barrels of oil per day (bpod).

Commenting on the achievement, president of Fluor’s global energy and chemicals business, Mark Fields, said: “This significant milestone marks the completion of several critical utility systems to start up and advance the refinery into commercial operations with our ongoing support.

“Timely delivery of the new Al-Zour Refinery is critical to the Kuwait economy.”

Fields continued: “Our team worked closely with KIPIC to continue with about 15,000 workers on site to maintain progress throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.”

He added that the accomplishment was made possible through the FDH JV team’s “well-conceived health and safety strategy that was implemented with rigorous discipline”.

According to Fluor, several enabling facilities were completed and handed over, leading up to the achievement. This included the delivery of the central control room building and other associated buildings, fire water systems, communication system, and other refinery infrastructure.

COOEC Fluor Heavy Industries Co — Fluor’s joint venture fabrication yard in Zhuhai, China —delivered 188 modules with a combined weight of 65,000 metric tonnes to support the project’s large-scale, onshore modular execution strategy.

Speaking about the milestone, deputy CEO of KIPIC, Khaled Al-Awadhi, said: “Working together with the Fluor-led joint venture to achieve this important milestone for the ZOR Program is a true success – not only for KIPIC, but for the State of Kuwait – and will help bring energy self-sufficiency and further prosperity for all of us.”

In terms of health and safety achievement, the FDH JV has marked more than 154 million work hours on site. At peak, it employed more than 20,000 craft workers backed by joint venture team members spread across three continents.