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SNC-LAVALIN BAGS $180MILLION AL ZOUR REFINERY CONTRACT IN KUWAIT Canadian engineering contractor SNC-Lavalin has won a commissioning deal for Al Zour Refinery in Kuwait that will produce 615,000 barrels of oil per day. Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (KIPIC) awarded the $180million (KWD54.4million) contract to SNC-Lavalin, instructing the firm to launch a host of management support services for one of the biggest refineries in the world. SNC-Lavalin's scope for the project is broad and includes master planning; start-up programme development; risk assessment and management; commissioning management support; operational readiness and assurance; project phase execution work; training; competency development and assurance; documentation preparation; creation of management and e-learning systems; and the provision of software and procedures for conducting a safe and efficient startup to operations. KIPIC, a subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, is developing the $16billion (KWD4.8billion) Al Zour
Refinery that could open by December 2019, creating 1,500 jobs. Once it reaches full operational capacity it will have the largest refining capabilities in the Middle East, and increase Kuwait's national oil output to 1.5million barrels of oil per day. "We look forward to building a long-term relationship with KIPIC and working in association with them to commission one of the newest and biggest refineries in the world," said SNC-Lavalin's president of oil and gas, Christian Brown. He added: "This is a great opportunity to demonstrate our global expertise and extensive capabilities in downstream, and to support our client in executing their strategy and delivering a successful startup and the steady state operations of the refinery." Montreal-headquartered SNCLavalin has more than half a century of construction experience in the Middle East, where it has had a helping hand on more than 700 projects. The region accounted for nearly a quarter of the company's global revenue
last year. Its performance in the GCC so far this year has been impressive, winning an MEP contract for Meydan One in Dubai; a $1.5billion contract to build
a PVC plastics plant 150km southeast of Oman's capital city Muscat; and a $42million EPC contract to expand a district cooling plant in Saudi Arabia.
$1.18BILLION NEW JAHRA MEDICAL CITY OPENS The New Jahra Medical City project, one of the largest healthcare development projects in the Middle East, was recently opened in Kuwait. The project was developed by the Amiri Diwan in
collaboration with Pace, one of the leading multidisciplinary consultants in the region. The hospital in the Al Jahra Governorate – Al Qasr Region was inaugurated by the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad
Al Jaber Al Sabah, with the attendance of the Crown Prince of Kuwait Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al Mubarak Al Hamad Al Sabah, and Kuwait National Assembly speaker Marzouq Al Ghanim, along with a select group of ministers and other decision-makers. President of Financial and Administrative Affairs at the Amiri Diwan, Abdul Aziz Saud Ishaq said the project was initiated in 2013. Construction work commenced in March 2015 and was fast-tracked to completion in three years. Pace CEO Tarek Hamed Shuaib said the medical complex comprises eight separate buildings, the most prominent being the main hospital premises, which rises to 15 storeys and has a total built-up area of 440,000 sq m. “The architectural design process started with a concept based on the introduction of nature to the internal environment. The purpose of this is to create harmony within the facilities, as a means of contributing to the treatment and healing of patients.
Green areas and interior spaces play an active part in strengthening this direction of design, creating an atmosphere full of life in numerous spaces,” he said. The KD365-million ($1.18billion) project includes a 1,234-bed hospital, a fully-equipped dental facility with 115 treatment rooms and a regional health administration building. It also features a women’s centre; trauma centre; 32 operating suites including two hybrid operating rooms, a hybrid CT operating suite, and a hybrid MRI operating suite. The outpatient facilities have 22 departments with 135 clinics with stateof-the-art equipment which includes a 10seat hyperbaric chamber, the only one of its kind in Kuwait. Other service buildings include a public car park and staff car park, both accommodating 5,000 cars and two emergency shelters, each for 300 people, Shuaib noted. A helipad is located on the roof of the diagnostic and treatment block, right above the Emergency Department’s trauma section.