Engineering contractor Foster Wheeler has announced that its subsidiary Foster Wheeler USA, part of its global engineering and construction group, has been awarded contracts by BP Products North America for the engineering, procurement and fabrication of a 102,000-barrels-per-stream day six-drum delayed coker unit and gas plant facilities at BP's Whiting refinery in Indiana, US.

This is an integral part of the BP Whiting refinery modernization project which will increase gasoline production by 1.7 million gallons a day and equip the refinery to process increased amounts of Canadian crude oil.

The terms of the award were not disclosed. Foster Wheeler USA has been working on this project since 2005 and a number of bookings have been made as work was released in stages by BP, including a release for the thermal design, engineering, procurement, and material supply of three delayed coker heaters.

Troy Roder, CEO of Foster Wheeler USA, said: Foster Wheeler is pleased to be playing a key role in this strategic project for BP. We have developed an excellent working relationship with BP at the Whiting refinery over the past three years, during which time we have undertaken the design for this coking facility and have developed a modular fabrication strategy for the coker in line with BP’s objectives for this project.