NAV­I­GAT­ING DOWN­STREAM Wood ex­pand­ing reach in the Mid­dle East

Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East - - ADIPEC PREVIEW -

Cre­ated fol­low­ing Wood Group’s ac­qui­si­tion of Amec Fos­ter Wheeler in Oc­to­ber 2017, Wood pro­vides full sup­port for down­stream fa­cil­i­ties to de­sign, build, run and im­prove re­fin­ing and petro­chem­i­cal plants. Dave Buchan, Wood’s pres­i­dent of op­er­a­tions in the Mid­dle East, Rus­sia and Caspian, high­lights how the com­pany is help­ing to de­sign, build, op­er­ate, main­tain and mod­ify some of the world’s largest and com­plex fa­cil­i­ties based in the re­gion

Wood, a global leader in the de­liv­ery of project, en­gi­neer­ing and tech­ni­cal ser­vices to en­ergy and in­dus­trial mar­kets, is re­in­forc­ing its strate­gic fo­cus to ex­pand its down­stream of­fer­ing in the Mid­dle East through its sup­port of ma­jor pro­duc­tion, re­fin­ing and petro­chem­i­cal de­vel­op­ments in the re­gion.

The com­pany’s vi­sion states that we wish to part­ner with agility to cre­ate new pos­si­bil­i­ties for our peo­ple and cus­tomers, and this comes to life in our work in the Mid­dle East. We un­der­stand the com­plex­i­ties of de­vel­op­ing and up­grad­ing large fa­cil­i­ties, and work to nav­i­gate the chal­leng­ing land­scape of tech­nolo­gies, stan­dards and reg­u­la­tions.

A real dif­fer­en­tia­tor for us is not only how we part­ner with our cus­tomers in the re­gion but how we part­ner with com­mu­ni­ties where we are in­tent on pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal tal­ent and sup­ply chain.

Wood has main­tained a pres­ence in the re­gion for more than seven decades and the re­gion re­mains a key growth area for the com­pany’s fu­ture. With more than 3,000 peo­ple based in seven coun­tries in the Mid­dle East, we are com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing in­coun­try value and long-term na­tional de­vel­op­ment vi­sions.

Green­field mega projects

Our his­tory of ex­e­cut­ing suc­cess­ful mega projects in the Mid­dle East pro­vides con­fi­dence in our ca­pa­bil­i­ties, aimed at ex­tend­ing as­set life through en­hanced pro­duc­tion, re­cov­ery and re­duced op­er­at­ing costs.

Ear­lier this year, we were se­lected to de­velop the world’s largest fully in­te­grated crudeoil-to-chem­i­cals com­plex in the King­dom of Saudi Ara­bia, on be­half of Saudi Aramco and SABIC, as the first project man­age­ment con­sul­tancy (PMC) con­trac­tor. The green­field on­shore fa­cil­ity will be a first for Saudi Ara­bia

and among the first in the world to in­te­grate the re­fin­ery and chem­i­cal process in this way.

De­liv­er­ing front-end en­gi­neer­ing de­sign (FEED) and project man­age­ment ser­vices dur­ing the en­gi­neer­ing, pro­cure­ment and con­struc­tion phase, we are sup­port­ing the de­vel­op­ment of the com­plex, ex­pected to process 400,000 bar­rels per day and ap­prox­i­mately nine mil­lion tonnes of chem­i­cals and base oils an­nu­ally.

Mar­ket-lead­ing tech­nol­ogy

Ex­tend­ing across a range of end mar­kets, we are break­ing new ground in tech­nol­ogy and as part of an on­go­ing drive for im­prove­ment, in­tro­duc­ing new ap­pli­ca­tions to en­hance pro­duc­tion and sup­port more ef­fi­cient and safe op­er­a­tions.

In Oman, Wood is pro­vid­ing two Ter­race Wall dou­ble-fired de­layed coker heaters at the Duqm Re­fin­ery. The com­pany suc­cess­fully ex­e­cuted the en­gi­neer­ing and process de­sign phase, which in­volved the tech­nol­ogy pack­age and li­cence of its SYDEC (se­lec­tive yield de­layed cok­ing) tech­nol­ogy.

The mar­ket-lead­ing ex­per­tise and 70+year her­itage of our fired heater teams en­sure an ex­cel­lent un­der­stand­ing of process tech­nolo­gies, pro­pri­etary sys­tems, li­censed pack­ages and re­fin­ing meth­ods, to sup­port cus­tomers with FEED stud­ies, plant lay­out and green­field, or turnkey de­sign ser­vices.

Petro­chem­i­cals in­te­gra­tion

In terms of our en­gi­neer­ing and op­er­a­tions in the down­stream mar­ket, we draw on our global ex­pe­ri­ence to ad­vise cus­tomers on the de­vel­op­ment, lay­out and op­ti­mi­sa­tion of plants for chem­i­cals and petro­chem­i­cals, re­fin­ing, LNG, and a range of feed­stock for prod­uct pro­cesses, in­clud­ing sup­port for schemes such as co­gen­er­a­tion, car­bon cap­ture, biomass and waste con­ver­sion.

In Kuwait, Wood is pro­vid­ing FEED fol­lowed by PMC ser­vices for the planned in­te­gra­tion project be­tween Olefins Aro­mat­ics II and ZOR Re­fin­ery.

The six-year con­tract builds on our sig­nif­i­cant ex­per­tise in petro­chem­i­cals and re­fin­ery in­te­gra­tion, in­clud­ing the suc­cess­ful de­liv­ery of PMC ser­vices to Kuwait Pe­tro­leum Com­pany (KPC) sub­sidiaries. The new petro­chem­i­cal fa­cil­ity will be in­te­grated with the new Al-zour 615,000 bar­rels per day re­fin­ery, which will be one of the largest re­finer­ies in the re­gion.

In-coun­try value

We de­velop lo­cal ca­pa­bil­i­ties through ini­tia­tives, which in­clude sec­ond­ing em­ploy­ees to dif­fer­ent Wood lo­ca­tions world­wide, pro­vid­ing ca­reer de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and a chance to ac­quire new skills and broaden hori­zons. Our En­gi­neer Your Fu­ture (EYF) pro­gramme has been es­tab­lished to build a proac­tive learn­ing cul­ture and fo­cuses on the de­vel­op­ment of em­ploy­ees by iden­ti­fy­ing what skills, knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence in­di­vid­u­als need to progress along their cho­sen de­vel­op­ment path.

Con­sist­ing of grad­u­ates and trainees, the pro­gramme is rep­re­sented by a panel, which is man­aged be­tween the EYF com­mu­nity and lead­ers of our Mid­dle East busi­ness. This own­er­ship is de­signed to fos­ter en­gage­ment, im­prove com­mu­ni­ca­tion and build a sense of be­long­ing.

In Novem­ber 2017, Wood also en­tered into a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MOU) with Saudi Aramco, sig­nalling our con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to ac­cel­er­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for the lo­cal work­force. The MOU sup­ports Saudi Aramco’s In-king­dom To­tal Value Add ini­tia­tive, part of its Vi­sion 2030 plan, fo­cused on strength­en­ing and di­ver­si­fy­ing the coun­try’s econ­omy through the lo­cal­i­sa­tion of key man­u­fac­tur­ing and ser­vice in­dus­tries, and the cre­ation of new jobs for tal­ented young Saudi cit­i­zens.

Wood is ex­hibit­ing at the ADIPEC Ex­hi­bi­tion & Con­fer­ence in Abu Dhabi dur­ing 1215 Novem­ber 2018 in Hall 14, booth #14250. Please find out more by vist­ing the web­site www.wood­

Ear­lier this year, we were se­lected to de­velop the world’s largest fully in­te­grated crude-oil-to-chem­i­cals com­plex in the King­dom of Saudi Ara­bia, on be­half of Saudi Aramco and SABIC, as the first project man­age­ment con­sul­tancy (PMC) con­trac­tor.

Dave Buchan, pres­i­dent of op­er­a­tions in the Mid­dle East, Rus­sia and Caspian, Wood.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Saudi Aramco and Wood sign an agree­ment to sup­port in-coun­try op­por­tu­ni­ties in Saudi Ara­bia.

In de­vel­op­ing and up­grad­ing large fa­cil­i­ties, op­er­a­tors must nav­i­gate the chal­leng­ing land­scape of tech­nolo­gies, stan­dards and reg­u­la­tions.

Ad­dress­ing vi­bra­tion-re­lated risks with an in­tel­li­gent modelling and anal­y­sis-led ap­proach cre­ates sig­nif­i­cant value, tak­ing an as­set from po­ten­tial pit­fall to prof­itabil­ity.

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