Essar Projects announced that its joint venture with Italy’s Saipem S.p.A has won a $1.57-billion order from Kuwait National Petroleum Company for setting up Al-Zour Refinery Project (ZOR), Package-4, in the State of Kuwait. The scope for the KNPC contract includes engineering, procurement, construction, pre-commissioning and assistance during commissioning, startup and performance testing, in relation to Package-4 related to tank farms for the of the Al-Zour Refinery Project (ZOR). Essar’s portion comprises build-out of tankages, roads and bridges, as well as civil work, on EPC basis. The project is expected to be completed by 2019. This is Essar’s biggest third-party order won in the region, an Essar statement said. The new refinery project at Al Zour is Kuwait’s biggest development project with crude processing capacity of 615,000 bpd. KNPC has awarded four contracts for the refinery’s construction, worth over $13.2 billion to successful international bidders.

A 50:50 special purpose vehicle between McNally Bharat Engineering Co Ltd (MBE) and Oman-based EMC Group has bagged a $315 million (Rs.2,048 crore) order for construction, detailed engineering, construction supervision, mechanical commissioning and supply of a bitumen refinery in Sohar, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. The order was placed by Oman-based Sohar Bitumen LLC. “The delivery period of the project is 24 months from the date of receipt of advance from the customer,” McNally Bharat Engineering, a Kolkata-headquartered Williamson Magor company, said in a filing to the stock exchanges. The share of MBE in the order would be around Rs.1,024 crore, it further said. (2048)

In an independent development, Punj Lloyd announced receiving Rs.488 crore worth of projects in the power sector including its first two wins in the (T&D) segment. Awarded by the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL), both the T&D orders are for the rural electrification of districts in Odisha – Jajpur, Khorda and Ganjam under the Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojna (RGGVY). Alongside, Punj Lloyd has also won its first power project from BHEL for the civil, structural and architectural work of the non-plant works and raw water reservoir, roads and drains at the 800-mw Kothagudem thermal power project in Khammam District, Telangana.

Sunil Hitech Engineers has been awarded two EPC orders worth Rs.474 crore in Bihar from Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, as part of a World Bank-aided National Highways Interconnectivity programme. The first project of around 40 km relates to strengthening of Sitamarhi-Jaynagar-Narahia section of NH-104. Worth Rs.155 crore, the project is to be executed in 24 months from the appointed date. The second project is the rehabilitation and upgradation of an adjacent 77-km section worth Rs.320 crore and to be executed in 30 months from the appointed date.

Punj Lloyd has landed a Rs.367-crore EPCC contract at the Paradip Refinery in Odisha from Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. The scope of work for the project involves the Residual Basic Engineering including HAZOP study, detailed engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of the Coker LPG Treating Unit and offsite and utility facility. Punj Lloyd had recently announced winning the EPCC Package-2 for the Sulphur Block at the same refinery.

Ashoka Buildcon Ltd has received a letter of award from National Highways Authority of India for the development of the 4-lane 10.31-km Islampur Bypass on NH-31 in West Bengal under NHDP Phase-II on EPC basis. The accepted bid value is Rs.277 crore, Ashoka Buildcon said in a filing to stock exchanges. According to the tender document issued in January this year, the project needs to be completed in two years, followed by an O&M period of four years.

National Building Construction Corporation has bagged Rs.126.33-crore project in Telangana for carrying out civil works at different colleges of Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU) in the southern state. The project will be equipped with “smart city” features.

RPP Infra Projects has won its first ever order from Southern Railways. The project cost is Rs.11.90 crore and the completion period is 12 months. The Chennai-headquartered company made this announcement to stock exchanges without specifying the scope of works.

Gamesa India has signed a 100-mw wind power project order, of unspecified value, with Hero Future Energies, a venture of Hero Group that caters to providing renewable power. Gamesa will supply and erect 50 units of G97-2.0 mw turbines with a tower height of 104m at Dhar in Madhya Pradesh. The commissioning is scheduled for completion by March 2016.

Solar module manufacturer Vikram Solar has concluded an agreement with British Solar Renewables (BSR), a leading British project developer, to supply modules with a total output of 30 mw. BSR will be installing the PID-resistant Eldora Ultima modules in their upcoming solar parks with a total output of 80 mw, to be finished by the end of March 2016. Macquarie Bank has agreed to provide the financial backing for the projects, a release from Vikram Solar said.

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