Mr. Khaled Al-Awadhi, New Refinery Project Manager (left), and James King, Honeywell General Manager, Kuwait (right).
Honeywell has been selected by Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) to provide the Integrated Control and Safety System (ICSS) for its new 615,000 barrel-a-day Al Zour refinery complex to be built in southern Kuwait.
Honeywell will also provide the front-end engineering design (FEED) for the system.
This will be Kuwait’s fourth refinery and the largest refinery in the entire Middle East. The total capacity of Kuwait’s three current refineries is 930,000 barrels a day. The new refinery is targeted for start-up in 2018.
“With this new refinery, Kuwait will become one of the largest producers of clean fuels in the Middle East,” said James King, Honeywell general manager, Kuwait. “Honeywell’s suite of proven technologies for the refining industry is well suited to support a quick and safe refinery start-up, and efficient operations. We are pleased to have been selected for this important project.”
Honeywell has provided this kind of technology to KNPC’s refineries for about 30 years through its Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) business.
As the main automation contractor for the new Al Zour refinery, Honeywell will supply Experion PKS as the main control system for the refinery complex, as well as integrate all process automation systems throughout the site.
The new refinery complex is expected to help meet domestic demand and export of ultra-low sulfur products, such as fuel oil, diesel, and kerosene, as well as petrochemical feedstocks.