Foster Wheeler Ltd. announced in the last week that its Milan-based Foster Wheeler Italiana S.p.A. subsidiary has been awarded a services contract by Mariisky NPZ Ltd for the planned expansion of the crude oil Mari-El refinery, located in the Republic of Mari-El, Russian Federation.

The objective of the expansion is to increase the refinery’s crude processing capacity from 27,000 barrels per stream day (BPSD) to 90,000 BPSD and further increase its ability to convert lower-value products into higher-value products.

Mariisky NPZ Ltd, a private company which owns and operates the refinery, plans to install a new refinery train including new crude and vacuum distillation units, hydrocracking, hydrodesulfurization, amine and sulfur recovery units based on Shell technology. A solvent de-asphalting unit, and a hydrogen production unit based on Foster Wheeler technology, as well as sour water stripping facilities are also to be implemented.

In addition, a power plant will be built to burn asphalt from a solvent de-asphalting unit to produce steam for electric power generation for the refinery and for export to a public network. Nitrogen oxide and sulfur oxide removal systems will be installed to clean the boiler flue gases.

Foster Wheeler Italiana will define the design basis, then proceed to undertake the basic design package for the non-licensed process units, power plant, utilities and offsites, and front-end engineering design (FEED) for the entire expansion project.

The subsidiary will also develop a schedule and execution strategy for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) phase of this expansion project and Marco Moresco, CEO of Foster Wheeler Italiana, commented, “The Russian Federation is a very important market for Foster Wheeler, demonstrated by our establishment of an operation in Moscow.”

“This latest win in the region again confirms the added value we are able to deliver by combining the technical expertise and experience of one of our main engineering centres with the assistance and knowledge of our local operation.”

Foster Wheeler Italiana has been released to proceed with the definition for the non-licensed process units, power plant, utilities and offsites, the application of Russian norms, and the licensor coordination and support, all during the design basis phase.