Foster Wheeler has announced it has been awarded  a PMC contract by STAR Rafineri for the construction of the Grassroots Refinery in Turkey.

The new refinery is designed to process a range of different crude oils, including Urals, Azeri Light and Kirkuk, with a processing capacity of 10 million tonnes of crude oil per year. It is expected to start operations in 2017 and to produce a range of products including jet fuel, diesel, naphtha, petroleum coke and liquid petroleum gases.

Foster Wheeler executed the front-end engineering design (FEED) for the entire refinery and also provided the license and basic design package for the delayed coker, which will use Foster Wheeler’s leading SYDEC(SM) delayed coking technology.

“Having successfully delivered a high quality FEED, we are very pleased to continue to play a key role in this strategic investment in Turkey,” said Roberto Penno, Chief Executive Officer of Foster Wheeler’s Global E&C Group. “We believe that our proven project management and refining capabilities, our experience in executing mega-projects, and our long-established operation in Turkey were all instrumental in our success in winning this contract.”

“This refinery will significantly reduce Turkey’s dependence on imports of many petroleum derivatives, and so it is a strategically important investment,“ said Kenan Yavuz, Chief Executive Officer, SOCAR Turkey. “Foster Wheeler’s project management and project execution expertise is well-known, and we are confident that the Foster Wheeler team will make a valuable contribution to the success of this mega-project.”

Gases play a vital role to assist in the extraction of crude oil - particularly CO2.