Fluor Corporation has announced that its joint venture team, FDH JV, has successfully generated first steam into Kuwait National Petroleum Company’s (KNPC) Clean Fuels Project in Kuwait.
“This significant milestone marks the completion and turnover of the first utility units by the Fluor-led joint venture and KNPC is advancing these units into operation with our ongoing support,” said Al Collins, president of Fluor’s Energy & Chemicals business in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
“The 12,000-plus craft workers at site have been backed by joint venture project team members across three continents, a global operation for a mega-sized project. Accomplishing this milestone shows we are set to deliver the remaining units in the project to support KNPC’s ambitious Clean Fuels Program.”
This project is being executed on the three KNPC-owned and operated refineries in Kuwait.
As part of the Clean Fuels Project, KNPC plans the retirement of existing processing facilities at Shuaiba and a major upgrade and expansion of the Mina Al Ahmadi and Mina Abdullah refineries to integrate the refining system into one complex with full conversion operation.
The Fluor-led joint venture with Daewoo Engineering & Construction and Hyundai Heavy Industries is responsible for engineering, procurement and construction as well as associated pre-commissioning and testing support for the Mina Abdullah Package 2.
After commissioning, both the Mina Abdullah and Mina Al Ahmadi refineries will have a capacity of 800,000 barrels-per-stream day to supply local and international demand for clean fuels meeting the most stringent environmental requirements.
The American Society of Safety Engineers recently recognized the project with its 2018 Gold Award in Health, Safety and Environmental Excellence.
The strong safety culture at site was achieved by active engagement at all levels of the organization and a relentless focus on risk identification and mitigation. This engagement has enabled the workforce to achieve 60 million work hours without a lost-time incident.