British Flour named Project Management Contractor for SOCAR’s OGPC project

By: Gulgiz Dadashova

Azerbaijan’s state energy giant SOCAR has awarded British Fluor Limited a contract to provide project management contractor services for its new Oil-Gas Processing and Petrochemical Complex in Azerbaijan.

Fluor will book the contract for an undisclosed value in the first quarter of 2015, according to the company report.

The OGPC megaproject has multiple interfaces not only between process units, utilities and offsite facilities, but also between the new gas processing and petrochemical facilities. The cost of the project amounts to $17.1 billion, including the interest rates of the loans to be received during the construction works.

Taco de Haan, President of Fluor’s Energy & Chemicals business for Europe, Africa and Middle East, said the company is proud to be selected by SOCAR as the project management contractor on this unique, world-scale project

“Fluor has demonstrated expertise in managing downstream megaprojects that will allow us to deliver the project on schedule while meeting safety, quality and cost objectives,” he said.

The project will be performed from Fluor’s UK office in Farnborough. It will support SOCAR’s selection and management of future contractors that will perform detailed engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and start-up of the gas processing plant as well as front-end engineering design, detailed engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and start-up of the petrochemical plants including associated offsite facilities.

The OGPC will be established at a place 60 kilometers from Baku. It will consist of three processing enterprises and a thermal power plant (TPP). The project will be completed in late 2022 – early 2023.

The OGPC construction project implementation will improve the product quality, enhance the export potential of the country and help protect the environment of the capital.

The annual capacity of the refinery as part of OGPC will be 8.5-9 million metric tons; the gas processing plant will be 12 billion cubic meters, petrochemical production will exceed 1 million metric tons (the power of the plant for the production of polyethylene will be 800,000 metric tons, rigs for polypropylene production – 300,000 metric tons).