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Client: Kuwait Oil Company

Project value: US$4 billion – leading a consortium with Consolidated Contractors Company

Location: Northern Kuwait


In 2015, Petrofac was awarded a contract by Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) for the first phase of the Lower Fars heavy oil development programme, located in Northern Kuwait.

Petrofac is leading a consortium with Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC). The project is worth in excess of US$4 billion, with Petrofac’s share more than US$3 billion.

The scope of work covers greenfield and brownfield facilities and includes engineering, procurement, construction, pre-commissioning, commissioning (EPC), start-up and operations and maintenance work for the main central processing facility (CPF) and associated infrastructure as well as the production support complex. This includes a pipeline of almost 162 km which will transport the heavy crude from the CPF to the South Tank Farm located in Ahmadi, from where KOC has the option to send it to the proposed Al-Zour refinery in the south of Kuwait.

The EPC element of the project, which includes 10 months’ commissioning and ramp-up work, is anticipated to be completed in around 52 months. The plant will then be turned over to KOC. Petrofac and CCC will continue to provide an integrated team at the site for a further eight months to undertake operations and maintenance alongside KOC.

When fully operational it is expected that the initial phase of the Lower Fars heavy oil project will produce around 60,000 barrels of oil a day.