Foster Wheeler wins new delayed coker complex for Chile's ENERCON
HAMILTON, Bermuda, July 14, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Foster Wheeler Ltd.'s Madrid-based subsidiary Foster Wheeler Iberia S.A. has been awarded a contract for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of a new delayed coker complex at Empresa Nacional de Petroleo's (ENAP) Aconcagua refinery at Concon, Chile.
The project, which will use Foster Wheeler's SYDECSM delayed coking technology, will be executed by a consortium led by Foster Wheeler, with two other international companies.
ENAP, Chile's state-owned oil company, and its refining unit ENAP Refinerias, will have a combined 49% stake in the special-purpose company ENERCON (Energia Concon), and Foster Wheeler and its two consortium partners will each hold 17%.
The total investment of the complex is about US$430 million. The contract value was not disclosed. The project will be included in Foster Wheeler's third-quarter 2005 bookings.
"This EPC award marks the successful conclusion of a long process, which started with an exhaustive feasibility study, followed by the execution of the basic design," commented Jesus Cadenas, managing director of Foster Wheeler Iberia S.A. "This is a strategic project for the refinery. Using our leading-edge delayed coking technology, ENAP will be able to process cheaper, heavier crudes and to upgrade the heavy fuels it produces into lighter, more valuable products, such as liquefied petroleum gas, naphtha and diesel."
The new facility includes a new 20,000 barrels per stream day delayed coker, auxiliary units, including sulfur recovery, sour water stripper, amine regeneration, coke handling and wastewater treatment, as well expanded utilities. Foster Wheeler Iberia, in collaboration with its consortium partners, will execute the project on a lump-sum turnkey basis. The process design package has been prepared by Foster Wheeler's coking center of excellence in Houston. The new complex is expected to start up in the first half of 2008.
Foster Wheeler Iberia S.A. is a subsidiary of Foster Wheeler Continental Europe, wholly-owned by Foster Wheeler Ltd. Based in Corsico (Milano) Italy, Foster Wheeler Continental Europe also manages Foster Wheeler Italiana (Corsico), Foster Wheeler France (Paris), Foster Wheeler Bimas (Istanbul), Foster Wheeler Hellas (Athens), Steril Schweiz AG (Basel) and Foster Wheeler Chile (Santiago).
Foster Wheeler Ltd. (www.fwc.com) is a global company offering, through its subsidiaries, a broad range of design, engineering, construction, manufacturing, project development and management, research and plant operation services. It serves the refining, upstream oil and gas, LNG and gas-to-liquids, petrochemical, chemicals, power, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and healthcare industries. The corporation is based in Hamilton, Bermuda, and its operational headquarters are in Clinton, N.J.