Under the $180m contract, SNC-Lavalin will also be responsible for preparation and delivery of training, documentation and competency development consultancy services, at the Al Zour Refinery.

The firm will provide commissioning technical services including master plan, start-up program development, risk assessment and management, commissioning management support, operations readiness and assurance, project phase execution activities.

The scope of the contract also includes training, competency development and assurance, documentation preparation, and the development of a knowledge management system and e-learning services, software, procedures and conducting a safe and efficient start-up and operations.

SNC-Lavalin Oil & Gas president Christian Brown said: “We look forward to building a long term relationship with KIPIC and working in association with them to commission one of the newest and biggest refineries in the world.

“This is a great opportunity to further demonstrate our globally renowned expertise and extensive capabilities in downstream, and to support our client in executing their strategy and delivering a successful start-up and the steady state operations of the refinery.

“With over 50 years working alongside our clients delivering more than 700 projects in the Middle East, our 15,000 strong workforce in the region has the local expertise and knowhow to deliver any project across our end-to-end value chain.”

Expected to have the biggest refining capacity in the Middle East, the Al-Zour refinery will have maximum refining capacity of 615,000 barrels per day. It will increase Kuwait’s refining capacity to more than 1.5 million barrels per day.

The refinery will feature technology and will produce high value products. It will predominantly produce low sulfur fuel oil to replace high sulfur fuel oil that is presently used in local power generation plants.

Other end products of the refinery will include ultra low sulfur diesel and kerosene, petrochemical naphta, granulated sulfur and LPG.

A subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC), KIPIC was set up to manage refinery, petrochemicals and LNG import operations in the Al-Zour complex.