The Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) and the French contracting company Alstom, signed a $31.8 million (BD12 million) agreement was on July 16. The project is scheduled to start in September this year and is targeted for completion by July, 2004 , the BahrianTribune reported on July 16.
The agreement involves the awarding of an engineering, procurement and construction contract to Alstom which will execute the refinery’s Instrument Modernisation Project (IMP).
The IMP, which has an overall cost of about $57 million, is part of the $700 million Refinery Modernisation Plan currently being undertaken by Bapco. The aim of the project is to modernise the Low-Sulphur Fuel Oil (LSFO) and Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCCU) complexes, instrumentation and control systems with state-of-the-art electronic technology.
Under the agreement, Alstom together with local partners will engineer, procure and construct the new control room and instrumentation systems; while Bapco’s own Engineering Division will be responsible for the management of the EPC contract, and will carry out the balance of the on-site engineering and installation of the emergency shutdown system and advanced process control strategies at a cost of about $25million.
The Instrument Modernisation Project will also include the construction of a new, single blast-resistant control room that will house all the control and computer systems for the two complexes.