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Vietnam to build second refinery

31 January 2013

A 200,000-barrel per day refinery is to be built in the Nghi Son Economic Zone in Thanh Hoa Province, about 200 km south of Hanoi. The estimated cost is $9 billion. Nghi Son Refinery & Petrochemical LLC (NSRP) has awarded key contracts to a consortium of construction firms.

In addition to the crude distillation unit, the refinery will have an 80,000-b/d residue fluid catalytic cracking unit, a 105,000-b/d hydrodesulfurizatioin unit, and a 700,000-tonne/year aromatics complex for the production of paraxylene.

The complex will be designed to run Kuwaiti crude oil or equivalent feedstock. The consortium receiving the engineering, procurement, and construction contract for the project comprises JGC Corp., Chiyoda Corp., Technip Group, SK Engineering & Construction, and GS Engineering & Construction.

NSRP expects the refinery to begin commercial operation by mid-2017.

Partners in NSRP and their interests are Itemitsu Kosan Co. Ltd. and Kuwait Petroleum International, 35.1% each; state-owned PetroVietnam, 25.1%; and Mitsui Chemicals Inc., 4.7%.

Vietnam’s first refinery, PetroVietnam’s 148,000 b/d facility at Dung Quat, started operations in 2009.

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