By Nick Gilbert
A basic engineering package (BEP) contract for the joint petrochemical venture between Shell Global Solutions and Qatar Petroleum to develop a global scale mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) complex at Ras Laffan in Qatar has been awarded to the subsidiary of the Global Engineering and Construction Group of Switzerland based Foster Wheeler. While the financial value of the contract has not been revealed, the earnings from the contract will be booked in Foster Wheeler’s third quarter statement for 2012.
The MEG facility will employ the OMEGA technology belonging to Shell. The two-train facility is part of the new petrochemical complex coming up in the industrial city of Ras Laffan. The planned capacity of the MEG plant is 1.5 Mt of MEG per year. Foster Wheeler was the contractor chosen by Shell to develop the engineering design for the front end and to carry out the procurement, engineering and construction management at the OMEGA technology based MEG facility of Shell at Jurong Island in Singapore. The facility was officially declared open on December 11, 2009. According to Umberto della Sala, President and Chief Operating Officer of Foster Wheeler, their company’s exceptional performance in executing the OMEGA- based MEG project of Shell in Singapore is the chief factor contributing to the selection of Foster Wheeler for the BEP contract for the Qatar facility. He stated that the core team members who executed the Singapore project will be part of the Qatar MEG project team and will utilize the experience and learning drawn from the Singapore project and their perception of Shell’s OMEGA technology to implement the BEP.