CB&I wins $95m EPC contract for Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery in Saudi Arabia


Chicago Bridge & Iron (CB&I) has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract worth more than $95m by Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery (SASREF) for the modernisation and expansion of the refinery in Al-Jubail city, Saudi Arabia.

CB&I, which has its corporate headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands, and administrative headquarters in The Woodlands, Texas, has completed the conceptual design and front-end engineering and design (FEED) phases of the project, while working with SASREF to optimise investment on the configuration of the new refinery.

SASREF will be able to generate maximum returns through sustainable fuels production, which meets Euro V regulations for cleaner emissions, as the integrated solutions of CB&I will provide the operating flexibility to the company.

CB&I’s executive vice-president of engineering and construction Duncan Wigney said: “The relationship between CB&I and SASREF extends back for more than a decade, and we have been collaborating successfully during this time.

“This award demonstrates CB&I’s ability to deliver value to SASREF and our other customers in the Middle East. It also enhances CB&I’s position in the region as a leading provider of energy infrastructure solutions, from conceptual design to fabrication to EPC delivery.”

Shell and Saudi Aramco have a 50% stake each in the SASREF refinery, which commenced commercial production in 1985 and has a capacity of 305,000 barrels per day.

Products manufactured at the facility include diesel, jet fuel/kerosene, gasoline, fuel oil, naphtha and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

CB&I provides technology and infrastructure to the energy industry. It was established as Chicago Bridge & Iron Company in Chicago, US, by Horace E Horton in 1889.

In 1996, the company was acquired by Praxair, which spun off CB&I as a Dutch-incorporated company, Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V., in 1997. The company shifted its headquarters from Chicago to Houston, Texas, in 2001 and then to The Hague, Netherlands.

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