Siemens Electrical and Electronic Services has won a turnkey contract worth KWD68.2m ($240m) from Kuwait National Petroleum (KNPC) for the supply of two high-voltage substations at refineries south of the city of Kuwait.
As per the contract, Siemens will be responsible for the delivery and installation of a 132kV substation AHRF ‘C’ and a 300/132kV substation MARF ‘W’, including high-voltage cable connections.
Siemens will install the 132kV substation at the Mina Al Ahmadi refinery, while the 300/132kV substation will be installed at the Mina Abdulla refinery.
The project, which is likely to be completed in December 2015, is part of KNPC’s Clean Fuels project, which is aimed at upgrading the Mina Abdulla and Mina Al-Ahmadi refineries to increase their daily output to around 800,000 barrels a day.
Pending Supreme Petroleum Council approval, the Clean Fuels project, designed to integrate the refining system into one complex, will increase refining capacity with the use of sophisticated equipment and enable the units to process environmentally-friendly fuel with reduced sulphur content (one percent).
The company this year has received 30 out of 37 reactors and vessels ordered as part of its Clean Fuels project.
Siemens has supplied critical equipment to KNPC since 1975, including industrial steam turbines and compressors for refinery projects as well as substation works as part of the New Acid Gas Revamp Project.
Siemens Power Transmission Middle East head Wolfgang Braun said the company’s efficient power transmission systems will help KNPC in meeting its expansion goals.
"This contract will provide the latest high-voltage substations to KNPC to help it mitigate losses and boost profitability by ensuring minimal downtime at its refineries," added Braun.
Image: Siemens and KNPC officials at the signing ceremony of the substation contract. Photo courtesy of Siemens.