Tecnicas, Petrofac to build SR17.62bn Saudi gas project

Updated 15 September 2015
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Tecnicas, Petrofac to build SR17.62bn Saudi gas project

DUBAI: Spain's Tecnicas Reunidas and Britain's Petrofac have been selected for contracts worth as much as SR17.62 billion ($4.7 billion) to build the Fadhili gas plant in Saudi Arabia for state oil company Saudi Aramco, industry sources said on Tuesday.
"They received notification last week; a letter of intent," said one of the sources.
Petrofac and Tecnicas declined to comment. Saudi Aramco said it does not comment on its business plans.
The new plant is to have a processing capacity of 2.5 billion standard cubic feet per day (scfd) of sour gas from the onshore Khursaniyah and offshore Hasbah fields.
The project is split into three construction packages for the gas processing unit, utilities and offsite facilities such as nitrogen, steam, power and water systems, and sulfur recovery.
Italy's Saipem and South Korea's Daelim Industrial had previously been said to be among the bidders, sources told Reuters in July.
Tecnicas bid for two of the packages on its own, and for the third in conjunction with South Korea's GS Engineering and Construction, according to a second industry source.
Ultimately, the Spanish firm won the two packages in which it bid solo: For the gas processing unit for as much as $2 billion and for utilities and offsites, worth as much as $1 billion, according to the first industry source and a separate source.
Three sources confirmed that Petrofac won the package for sulphur recovery worth as much as $1.7 billion.
Aramco said in its 2014 annual review published in May that the Fadhili gas plant was on track to come onstream by 2019.
Fadhili, together with Aramcoís other gas projects in Wasit and Midyan, are slated to add more than 5 billion scfd of non-associated gas processing capacity, which will help the company meet soaring domestic demand for industrial use and electricity generation in the world's largest oil exporter.
Gas production remains a top priority for Saudi Arabia as it wants to limit direct crude oil burning for electricity, thereby preserving its ability to increase oil exports.


South Korea: Japan dispute to hit global technology companies

Updated 17 July 2019
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South Korea: Japan dispute to hit global technology companies

  • Japan’s steps are inconsistent with World Trade Organization principles, South Korean government source says

SEOUL: Export curbs Japan imposed in its dispute with South Korea will adversely affect global technology companies and hurt the operations of tech giant Samsung in the Texas state capital of Austin, a South Korean government source said on Wednesday.
Japan’s steps are inconsistent with World Trade Organization principles, but South Korea wants to resolve the dispute through dialogue, the source told reporters in Seoul, speaking on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss negotiations.
If Japan goes so far as to drop South Korea from its “white list” of countries with minimum trade restrictions, it would cause a “tremendous amount of problems,” the source added.