Engineering and project management company AMEC has received a $528m (£330m) project management consultancy (PMC) contract from the Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) for a new oil refinery at Al Zour, Kuwait.
AMEC Group growth regions president Dr Hisham Mahmoud said the contract supports the company's Vision 2015 strategy, which includes growing its presence in the Middle East's oil and gas upstream, midstream and downstream sectors.
''It is also an example of our ability to leverage our global design, engineering and project management expertise to deliver complex projects for our customers anywhere in the world," Mahmoud added.
On completion in 2018, the refinery is expected to increase Kuwait's refinery capacity by 615,000bpd and become the largest refinery in the Middle East.
The refinery will produce cleaner fuels to meet electrical power generation growth and demand, as well as play a major role in Kuwait's long term strategy, according to AMEC.
The PMC contract is expected to generate around 300 new jobs for AMEC.
AMEC Middle East, Africa and CIS business vice president Alan McLean said the project is significant for AMEC in the Middle East and recognises the experience and knowledge that the company has gained by delivering PMC contracts in the region.
''The project is also important for KNPC in enabling it to meet the demands of its customers," McLean added.