Siemens has been awarded a turnkey contract by the Kuwait National Petroleum Co., known as KNPC, to supply high-voltage substations at refineries south of the city of Kuwait.
The project, valued at $240 million, will provide reliable power supply to two of KNPC’s biggest refineries. The project is scheduled for completion in December 2015.
Under the contract, one of the largest for the Siemens Energy Transmission busi-ness in Kuwait, Siemens will supply and install a 132kV substation AHRF “C” at the Mina Al Ahmadi Refinery (MAA) and a 300/132kV substation MARF “W” at the Mina Abdulla Refinery (MAB), including high-voltage cable connections.
The works will fit in with KNPC’s Clean Fuels Project, which will see a major upgrade and expansion of the MAA and MAB refineries to integrate the company’s Refining System into one Refining Complex. The Clean Fuels Project seeks to make fuel production in Kuwait more environmentally-friendly.
“Siemens is proud to be supplying the latest high-voltage technology to KNPC,” said Adrian Wood, CEO of Siemens EES, the Kuwaiti unit of Siemens AG. “This project will both enhance and make sure a reliable power supply is available to help Kuwait meet its future market demand for transport fuels by 2020, as it seeks to increase processing capacity at its refineries.”
KNPC and Siemens have had a long-standing partnership dating back to 1975. Prior to this contract, Siemens supplied many industrial steam turbines and compressors to KNPC for use in their oil refinery projects, and implemented substation works at Mina Abdulla Refinery (MAB), Mina Al Ahmadi Refinery (MAA) and part of the New Acid Gas Revamp Project (AGRP).
“Our partnership with KNPC aims to assist the company in meeting its expansion goals by using the most efficient power transmission systems from Siemens,” said Wolfgang Braun, Head of Siemens Power Transmission Middle East. “This contract will provide the latest high-voltage substations to KNPC to help it mitigate losses and boost profitability by ensuring minimal downtime at its refineries.”
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(Originally published Sept. 15, 2013, by ArabianOilandGas.com.)