KBR receives award for its integral role on Sadara Chemical Project

Updated 10 July 2015
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KBR receives award for its integral role on Sadara Chemical Project

JEDDAH: KBR announced that it received an award from Hydrocarbon Processing for its work on the Sadara Chemical Project in Saudi Arabia.
The award was presented during the recent sixth annual International Refining and Petrochemical Conference in Abu Dhabi.
The Sadara Chemical joint venture won the top petrochemical project by Hydrocarbon Processingreaders through an online survey last year and was selected for its impact on the global petrochemical industry.
KBR has been actively involved with this project since its inception in 2007 and has executed the project feasibility and pre-FEED for the entire complex, as well as the FEED scopes of several major assets.
KBR is also a licensor of its Aniline technology for the project. KBR is currently the project management contractor (PMC) and has about 700 specialized personnel at the Jubail site, where the company has achieved an impressive OSHA Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIFR) of 0.03 and zero incidents since 2009.
This is an outstanding result for such a mega-project in the Region.
“KBR is honored to receive this award and commends Sadara for being recognized for its outstanding work in developing the project,” said Jay Ibrahim, KBR president of Engineering & Construction — Middle East North Africa.
“KBR will continue its long-standing partnership with Sadara throughout the upcoming commissioning and operations phases of the project as Sadara’s ‘Engineering Contractor of Choice,” he was quoted as saying in a press release.
The Sadara Chemical Project is currently in the construction phase for what will be the world’s largest chemical complex ever built in a single phase.
With 26 integrated world-scale manufacturing plants that will produce more than three million tons of products every year, it is anticipated that Sadara will become a Fortune 500 company within the first year of full operation.


Iraq slams Exxon for evacuating staff amid Gulf tensions

Updated 19 May 2019
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Iraq slams Exxon for evacuating staff amid Gulf tensions

BAGHDAD: Iraq on Sunday slammed as “political” a decision by US energy giant ExxonMobil to evacuate staff from a southern oil field after Washington ordered personnel to quit its Baghdad embassy.
“The temporary withdrawal of employees has nothing to do with security in southern Iraqi oil fields or any threats,” Oil Minister Thamer Al-Ghadban said.
“The reasons are political and probably linked to tensions in the region,” he added in a statement released by the oil ministry.
Ghadban called the move to pull out staff from the West Qorna oil field west of the southern port city of Basra “unacceptable and unjustified.”
Exxon did not confirm the withdrawal.
“We are closely monitoring. As a matter of practice, we don’t share specifics related to operational staffing at our facilities,” a spokeswoman said.
“ExxonMobil has programs and measures in place to provide security to protect its people, operations and facilities. We are committed to ensuring the safety of our employees and contractors at all of our facilities around the world,” she added.
On Wednesday the United States ordered the evacuation of non-emergency staff from its Baghdad embassy and Irbil consulate, citing an “imminent” threat from Iranian-linked armed groups in Iraq.
It came 10 days after the Pentagon deployed an aircraft carrier task force and B-52 bombers to the Gulf to fend off an unspecified alleged plot by Tehran to attack US forces or allies.