French engineering firm Technip has received an engineering procurement and construction (EPC) contract from UAE's Emirates National Oil Company (Enoc) for new processing and ancillary units as part of $1bn Jebel Ali refinery expansion project.

Enoc intends to expand the capacity of its Jebel Ali refinery by 50% in order to meet increasing domestic fuel demand as well as for export purposes.

The expansion project, which would boost the refining capacity by 70,000 barrels per day, comprises three separate packages and is planned to be completed in Q4 of 2019.

ENOC group CEO Saif Humaid Al Falasi said: “The refinery expansion is part of this strategy to develop enabling infrastructure that fuels the nation’s growth.”

Under the EPC contract, Technip will design and construct the processing unit.

The firm will manage the project from its operating Center in Rome, Italy.

Technip Europe, Middle East, India, Africa and Latin America president Marco Villa said: “We are proud to reinforce the long lasting relationship between Technip and ENOC for the expansion of the Jebel Ali Refinery, which was successfully delivered by Technip in 1999 with outstanding safety, schedule and quality performances.”

The main package of the project includes addition of new Condensate processing train to the existing facility to boost the daily production from current 140,000 barrels to 210,000 barrels per day.

Additional processing units planned for installation at the refinery include a new LPG/naphta hydrotreater, an isomerisation unit, kerosene hydrotreater, and a diesel hydrotreater.

The other two packages of the project comprise construction of storage tanks and a 31,000ft2 warehouse.

Image: Officials from Emirates National Oil Company and Technip. Photo: courtesy of Enoc Company,