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Developing Iraq’s refining infrastructure

We provided the study and FEED for a grassroots 300,000 barrels per day refinery in Thi Qar Province, 200km from Basrah, and the largest of Iraq’s planned new refineries. It is planned to be a complex, world-scale refinery with 27 process units, capable of processing local Nassiriya crude which is heavy and high in sulphur, to produce products for local use and for export, meeting local and Euro IV/V specifications and to maximise gasoline and light oil production.

We evaluated and made recommendations for licensed technologies, evaluated a range of configurations, including addressing the challenge of processing the heavy, high sulphur atmospheric residue – residue hydrocracking was selected.  We undertook basic design for the open art units and managed seven licensors for the licensed units, provided oversight for the ESIA.

We also trained more than 50 Iraqi personnel in our Reading, UK, office, covering best practice in work processes and execution approach over the full lifecycle of a project. The FEED was completed on schedule, along with a detailed project estimate.

“[Amec Foster Wheeler] has demonstrated its expertise in refinery planning and the development of a detailed FEED specification. Through its strong project management it has delivered the project to schedule whilst at the same time being responsive and satisfying our requirements. We were also pleased with the high quality of the training provided by Foster Wheeler.”

Miss Nihad A Moosa, Director General, SCOP (2012) 


Location:Nassiriya, Iraq
Client:Iraq Ministry of Oil / State Company for Projects (SCOP)
Scope:Feasibility Study & FEED, plus other support services
Date:2010 - 2013

Refining capability

Amec Foster Wheeler has an outstanding track record in executing refinery projects


From world-scale grassroots refinery complexes, to major expansions and revamps, complex turnarounds, refinery/petrochemicals integration, clean fuels projects to meet new legislation, residue upgrading to produce higher-value products, right through to smaller maintenance-type projects and ongoing asset support