EPC contract for construction of a hydrocracking complex in Upper Egypt

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Assiut National Oil Processing Company (ANOPC), a subsidiary of Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC)’s Assiut Oil Refining Co. (ASORC), has awarded a major engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract to TechnipFMC Plc for the construction of a new hydrocracking complex in Assiut, Egypt.

Catherine MacGregor, the President of TechnipFMC Plc said that this award demonstrates the company’s long-standing relationship with the Egyptian petroleum sector and strengthens its expertise in the delivery of complex projects in the North African country.

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“We are extremely honored to have been selected by ANOPC to contribute to the largest refining project in the Upper Egypt region,”

Details of the contract

The more than US $1bn contract covers the construction of new processing units such as a Vacuum Distillation Unit, a Diesel Hydrocracking Unit, a Delayed Coker Unit, a Distillate Hydrotreating Unit as well as a Hydrogen Production Facility Unit which will utilize TechnipFMC’s steam reforming proprietary technology.

The project also involves the construction of other processing units such as sulfur recovery unit (SRU), and sulfur solidification unit (SSU) as well as on-site and off-site storage areas and interconnecting utilities.

Technip Energies is currently working with ANOPC to complete the remaining conditions precedent so that the construction work to commence.

Expectations for the project

Upon completion, the approximately US $2.5bn hydrocracking complex will process about 2.5 million tonnes/year of heavy fuel oil (mazut) from ASORC’s nearby 4.5 million-tpy Assiut refinery to produce roughly 2.8 million tpy of Euro 5-quality diesel and other high-value products.

This will contribute to the fulfillment of the needs of the Upper Egypt region in terms of petroleum products and at the same time reduce the volume of petroleum imports to the country.

Alongside the Euro 5-quality diesel, the new hydrocracking complex also will produce 360,000-400,000 tpy of naphtha, 91,000-101,000 tpy of LPG, 331,000 tpy of coke and 57,000-66,400 tpy of sulfur.