Amec Foster Wheeler wins Donges upgrade FEED

Article by Adam Duckett

AMEC FOSTER WHEELER has been awarded a FEED contract to help upgrade Total’s Donges refinery in France.

Total has said that a significant proportion of the fuels produced at the site have to be exported as the refinery lacks the desulfurisation capacity needed to meet EU specifications. As part of efforts to upgrade the refinery to produce low-sulfur fuels, Amec Foster Wheeler’s contract includes a new vacuum gas oil hydrotreater unit and sour water stripping unit as well as modification of existing units and new interconnections.

The contractor has said it will use an Asset Information Hub (AIH) and Virtual Plant technology to help complete the work. The AIH is an information management system that provides a digital representation of the physical plant, collating documents, data and models of the plant that can be reviewed throughout its life. This, combined with the Virtual Plant, allows a designer to virtually move around the facility, zoom in, open documents and review data that is hosted in the AIH.

Amec Foster Wheeler says that customers benefit by having access to data and assured information, and the system improves efficiency, project delivery and safety.

“This is a strategically important project for Total, designed to increase the performance of the Donges refinery, which Amec Foster Wheeler knows well from past successful projects. We will combine innovative Virtual Plant technology and our unique Asset Information Hub, together with our extensive refinery clean fuels expertise, to deliver this important project for Total,” said Marco Moresco, president of downstream capital projects for Europe, Middle East and Africa, at Amec Foster Wheeler. 

The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Article by Adam Duckett

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