Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) has selected Honewell to provide the Integrated Control and Safety System (ICSS) for its 615,000 barrel-a-day Al Zour refinery to be built in southern Kuwait. Honeywell will also provide the front-end engineering design (FEED) for the system.
Al Zour refinery 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.
According to James King, Honeywell general manager, Kuwait, with this new refinery, Kuwait will become one of the largest producers of clean fuels in the Middle East.
“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," said King.
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. Additionally, having HPS perform front-end engineering and design of the system will help drive consistent designs from other contractors throughout the entire project and help speed its completion.
The new refinery complex will help to meet domestic demand and export of ultra-low sulfur products such as fuel oil, diesel and kerosene, as well as petrochemical feedstocks.