Sapref awards clean fuels contract to Fluor

Mark Alix | 16 April 2013 | BDLive

TEXAS-based Fluor Corporation has been awarded a front-end engineering and design contract by South African Petroleum Refineries (Sapref) for its clean fuels project in Durban.

New York-listed Fluor said on Tuesday the undisclosed contract value was booked in the first quarter of this year.

“This award builds on our significant clean fuels expertise as well as Fluor’s ongoing site support work with Sapref in South Africa for nearly 20 years,” Peter Oosterveer, president of Fluor’s energy and chemicals group, said.

Sapref is a joint venture between Shell SA Refining and BP Southern Africa. It is the largest crude oil refinery in southern Africa, providing 35% of South Africa’s refining capacity.

The contract would be the first to be carried out in Africa under Shell’s enterprise framework agreement with Fluor. This encompasses engineering and project-management services throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

The project would allow for a substantial upgrade of the Sapref refinery, which would improve the quality of transport fuels by reducing levels of sulphur, benzene and aromatics. This would meet enhanced legislative requirements.

The agreement allowed for a potential engineering, procurement and construction management contract to be signed at a later date.

Fluor provides global expertise in energy, chemicals, infrastructure, operations and maintenance, as well as manufacturing, life sciences, mining, power and transport.

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