Egypt: Feasibility Study: Amreya Refinery Modernization

The Amreya Petroleum Refining Company (the “Grantee”) invites submission of qualifications and proposal data (collectively referred to as the “Proposal”) from interested U.S. firms that are qualified on the basis of experience and capability to execute a feasibility study for the modernization of the Grantee’s refinery (the “APRC Refinery”) located in the Amreya region, west of Alexandria on the Mediterranean sea. The feasibility study will assist the Grantee in improving overall refinery efficiency and profitability and to reduce its environmental impact. The purpose of this feasibility study is to provide a bankable, technical, marketing, financial, and economic review of the Project and to develop options for modernization to assist the Grantee with further Project implementation.

The Grantee is an affiliated company of the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) . EGPC is an independent legal entity established by the Law no. 167 of the year 1958 and amended by the Law no. 20 of the year 1976 as amended. EGPC has a major role in developing the oil business in Egypt (upstream, midstream, and downstream). EGPC is affiliated to and authorized by the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum.

The Amreya Refinery’s current maximum production capacity is approximately 81,000 barrels per day (“bpd”) of refined products. It is currently operating at or close to capacity, and through this modernization project ARPC aims to increase production capacity by somewhere between 10-25%. Technical contractors who evaluated the Project for USTDA estimated that efficiency gains at the refinery would permit it to produce up to two percent more volume of refined products from the same volume of crude oil, an increase in the amount of approximately 540,000 barrels of refined products annually.

This modernization would include three specific areas of focus: (1) overall efficiency; (2) process configuration; and (3) automation.

The feasibility study will consider a number of potential upgrades and modernization efforts, including:

Energy Efficiency
A number of equipment upgrades would contribute substantially to the refinery’s energy efficiency, especially those that target the refinery’s heating processes. For example the four furnaces associated with the crude refining units are more than 30 years old and will require upgrading to improve combustion efficiency. Improved burner design, preheating process air, enhancing the process air with oxygen enrichment, improving the heat transfer to the crude oil and capturing the energy from the units’ waste heat are all potential ways to enhance energy efficiency of the refinery. Other areas for potential energy efficiency improvements include improved steam generation and installation of steam traps, insulation, piping simplification, and heat exchangers. Replacing or upgrading motors and pumps would also increase refinery efficiency.

Process Configuration
The Project tasks will include identifying opportunities to reduce unnecessary complexity within the refining process as well as any redundancies within the refinery, while increasing productivity and profitability. Examples of process configuration upgrades may include resizing compressor piping to reduce pressure drops or installing new flow meters, control valves, or process control systems to regulate and streamline the refining process.

Automation
The Study shall also focus on identifying any automation gaps that may exist, such as sensors and meters, programmable logic controllers, and distributive control systems, all of which are typical in a modern refinery. Project tasks would include reviewing the baseline automation systems, identifying what automation should be implemented, and developing a plan for implementation. Defining the costs associated with implementing each change or upgrade to the current refinery system would be necessary in order to allow for a multi-year effort to upgrade the automation. The upgrades to the Amreya Refinery are expected to be primarily done during turnaround periods (annual maintenance periods when the refinery is shut down specifically for maintenance).

The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a $705,924 grant to the Grantee from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).

A detailed Request for Proposals (RFP), which includes requirements for the Proposal, the Terms of Reference, and portions of a background definitional mission/desk study report are available from USTDA, at 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1100, Arlington, VA 22209-3901.

To request the RFP in PDF format, please go to: http://www.ustda.gov/business-opportunities/request-proposal-form.

Please note that no telephone requests for the RFP will be honored.

Only U.S. firms and individuals may bid on this USTDA financed activity. Interested firms, their subcontractors and employees of all participants must qualify under USTDA’s nationality requirements as of the due date for submission of qualifications and proposals and, if selected to carry out the USTDA-financed activity, must continue to meet such requirements throughout the duration of the USTDA-financed activity. All goods and services to be provided by the selected firm shall have their nationality, source and origin in the U.S. or host country. The U.S. firm may use subcontractors from the host country for up to 20 percent of the USTDA grant amount. Details of USTDA’s nationality requirements and mandatory contract clauses are also included in the RFP.

Interested U.S. firms should submit their Proposal in English. An original and four (4) hard copies in addition to four (4) searchable and editable soft copies on flash drive or CD ROM, directly to the Grantee by March 31, 2021, 5:00 p.m. LOCAL TIME, CAIRO, EGYPT; 10:00 AM (EST Time) at the above address. Evaluation criteria for the Proposal are included in the RFP. Price will not be a factor in contractor selection, and therefore, cost proposals should NOT be submitted. The Grantee reserves the right to reject any and/or all Proposals. The Grantee also reserves the right to contract with the selected firm for subsequent work related to the project. The Grantee is not bound to pay for any costs associated with the preparation and submission of Proposals.

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Egypt: Feasibility Study: Amreya Refinery Modernization

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