Al Zour Refinery

Photo credit: KIPIC
The largest refinery in the Middle East.


Provision of specialist marine consultancy services on a new, grass-roots, 615,000 barrels per day oil refinery project in Kuwait. When completed, the multi-billion dollar Al Zour refinery is expected to be the largest in the Middle East and will increase Kuwait’s refinery capacity by 615,000. It will be a key part of Kuwait’s long term strategy, producing cleaner fuels to meet its electrical power generation growth and demand while adhering to the latest environmental standards.

The project includes construction of a new small boat harbour with 600m of quay wall, solids export berth 3km offshore connected to the shore by piled approach trestle, 6 million cubic metres of reclamation for a new LNGI terminal, steel pile sea island located 17km offshore supplied by five 17km long subsea pipelines.

The project phases are as follows: 

  • Phase 1 – Preliminary design
  • Phase 2 – Pre-EPC contract award phase
  • Phase 3 – EPC contract detailed engineering and procurement phase
  • Phase 4 – EPC contract construction, commissioning and handover phase

Rendel has been involved during all stages of the project in the master planning, preliminary design, tender document preparation, tender review and is currently undertaking the PMC role in phase 4 (construction supervision) of the project.

This has included but is not limited the following:

  • Port planning, including an optimisation study comparing alternative forms of marine terminal for export of liquid and bulk products from the refinery
  • Study option – shore connected jetty vs. sea island with submarine pipelines
  • Definition of site investigations, supervision, bathymetric, metocean, design wave, vessel manoeuvring and berth occupancy/utilisation studies as well as cost estimates
  • Design and speciation documents for EPC phase tendering
  • Review of the tenders received from marine contactors
  • Costing and recommendations for appointment of contractors
  • Review and approval of the EPC contractor's design drawings
  • Liaison with, and support to, environmental consultants
  • Liaison with port authorities and third party stakeholders
  • Supervision of the EPC contractor's geotechnical studies, designs and marine construction