Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO) was awarded a contract to a consortium of Spain’s Tecnicas Reunidas, Samsung Engineering and led by TechnipFMC. The $4.2 billion contract aims to expand Bahrain’s only refinery, Sitra Oil Refinery, as a part of BAPCO’s Modernization Program (BMP), Pipeline Oil & Gas Magazine reported.

The Sitra refinery is located on the country’s eastern coast, and the expansion plan aims to increase Sitra’s capacity by around 34.8% to reach360,000 barrels per day (b/d), compared to the 267,000 b/d current capacity. The contract further includes valorization heavy part of crude (bottom of the barrel, complying with environmental standards, enhancing production, and improving energy efficiency, according to Business Wire.

According to the contract, the expansion project will be performed on engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) system and it is due to be completed in 2022. The project includes, Hydrocracker Unit, Residue Hydrocracking Unit, Crude Distillation Unit, Hydro Desulfurization Unit, Saturated Gas Plant, Vacuum Distillation Unit, Hydrogen Recovery Unit, and Hydrogen Production Unit. The project also includes, Tail Gas Treatment Unit, Sulphur Recovery Unit, Amine Recovery Unit, Sour Water Stripper Unit, Sulphur Solidification Unit, Bulk Acid Gas Removal Unit, and Sulphur Handling Facilities.