Abdallah and Al Awadhi at the signing ceremony for the PRIZe project.

Abdallah and Al Awadhi at the signing ceremony for the PRIZe project.

Honeywell wins major PRIZe automation deal

December 2019

Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (KIPIC) has selected Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) to be the main automation contractor for its new Petrochemicals and Refinery Integration Al Zour Project (PRIZe).

KIPIC is a subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC), set up by Kuwait to manage refinery, petrochemicals and LNG import operations in the Al Zour complex.

Under the agreement, HPS will provide KIPIC with front-end engineering design and advanced process control technology for the complex, which will help the Kuwaiti firm expedite production start-up and assist with reaching production targets faster and more efficiently, according to Honeywell.

The PRIZe project will become the first integrated refining and petrochemicals complex in Kuwait. The new facility – developed as part of the Al Zour Complex – will enhance Kuwait’s domestic petrochemicals, aromatics and gasoline manufacturing capabilities.

Hatem Al Awadhi, acting CEO, KIPIC, says: “The PRIZe project will revolutionise Kuwait’s domestic production capabilities, helping us meet the increasing demand for fuels and petrochemical products within the country.

“With Honeywell’s support, we are building a strategic project that will only transform Kuwait’s domestic oil and gas market, and also provide a significant accelerator for the country’s long-term economic development by improving gasoline and benzene supply to the local and international markets.”

Honeywell UOP also was awarded a contract by KIPIC earlier this year for modernisation of the Al Zour complex. It will revise the configuration and capacity of the refinery’s gasoline production facilities and supply technology licences, design services, key equipment, and state-of-the-art catalysts and adsorbents to produce clean-burning fuels, paraxylene, propylene, and other petrochemicals.

Honeywell, which has been in Kuwait for more than 50 years, supports Kuwait’s energy industries through cutting-edge technologies, efficient business solutions, local training, research and development initiatives.

It is the first company to build “Made in Kuwait” solutions to power digital transformation across the country’s growing oil, gas and petrochemical sectors.

The company also operates the Honeywell Automation College in Mina Abdullah, which delivers global training capabilities locally through more than 300 courses specifically designed to address the requirements of Kuwait’s power and water, oil and gas and automation industries.

Rachad Abdallah, president for Honeywell in Kuwait, says: “Our company has a long history of successfully delivering world-class automation solutions to the oil downstream industries in Kuwait, and this new agreement highlights the trust our customers have in our technologies.”  

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