McDermott Wins EPC Contract for Modular Refinery in Nigeria

McDermott International Ltd. has been awarded an engineering and procurement contract from Azikel Petroleum Ltd. for the modular 12,000 barrels per day hydroskimming refinery located in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State in Nigeria.

The scope of the contract involves comprehensive engineering and design of the inside battery limits (ISBL), as well as equipment supply inside the ISBL, including all marked products. This follows McDermott’s successful completion of the front-end engineering design, having worked with Azikel Petroleum on the project since 2018.

“McDermott has been an integral part of what is one of the few refineries to be built in Nigeria and we look forward to expanding our presence further by delivering the next phase of this important project,” said Tareq Kawash, Senior Vice President of McDermott in Europe, Middle East and Africa. “Our decades of modularization experience makes us uniquely positioned to deliver this scope and the team has done a great job of developing a simple process design that meets all of Azikel’s product specification requirements.”

Azikel will build the facility, with early construction including site recovery and backfilling, and completion of roads, perimeter wall, drainage and security gates. The construction also includes the building of administrative, maintenance and terminal operator buildings, as well as the erection of feedstock tanks. Construction is also underway on a 200m pier with shoreline protection, which will be used for the delivery of the refinery modules and other equipment.

Dr. Eruani Azibapu Godbless, President of Azikel Group, stated that the Azikel Refinery is a flagship project for Nigeria, as it is the first hydroskimming refinery to advance to this level of achievement within the modular refinery realm. He also added that McDermott was awarded the contract based on the high level of confidence and professionalism it exhibited and aims to complete the project on schedule in 2021 within budget.