Amec Foster Wheeler has bagged a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract from Total Raffinage, a subsidiary of Total, to upgrade the performance of its Donges refinery in Western France.

According to the French multinational integrated oil and gas company, Donges refinery currently lacks desulphurization capacity and a major proportion of its fuels are therefore exported as they no longer meet fuel quality European Union specifications.

The contract involves deploying of a new vacuum gas oil hydro-treater unit, sour water stripping unit and modification of existing units and new interconnections.

Amec Foster Wheeler will combine its refinery FEED expertise, integrated engineering systems capabilities and its innovative Asset Information Hub (AIH) with the visualization and digital asset Virtual Plant technology.

AIH, an information management system, allows to control and review all aspects of a plant throughout its life in a secure environment by collating documents, data and models.

When combined with Aveva’s Virtual Plant technology, AIH enables a designer to move around an asset, zoom in, open documents and review data, resulting in improved efficiency, predictable project delivery and safety.

Amec Foster Wheeler EMEA Downstream Capital Projects president Marco Moresco said that this is a strategically important project for Total, which Amec knows well from past successful projects.

“We will combine innovative Virtual Plant technology and our unique Asset Information Hub, together with our extensive refinery clean fuels expertise, to deliver this important project for Total.

“Amec Foster Wheeler has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with Total, including studies, FEEDs and engineering, procurement and construction management projects.”

Amec Foster Wheeler is expected to complete its activities related to this FEED contract in the fourth quarter of this year.