(EnergyAsia, October 23 2013, Wednesday) — Switzerland-based Foster Wheeler AG said subsidiaries of its Global Engineering and Construction Group have been awarded contracts to boost the production of crude oil and natural gas in Saudi Arabia.

The company will provide front-end engineering design (FEED) services for Saudi Aramco to boost production of Arabian light crude oil at Khurais by 300,000 b/d to 1.2 million b/d, as well as enhance production from the Mazalij and Abu Jifan fields through the installation of a satellite gas oil separation plant (GOSP).

Foster Wheeler said it will be responsible for providing the FEED by the second quarter of next year as well as supplying equipment and material specifications, developing a cost estimate, and procuring assistance for long-lead items.

Foster Wheeler executed the original Khurais FEED project in 2005, and was later awarded an engineering, procurement and construction contract with a joint venture partner to build the gas plant.

Separately, Foster Wheeler AG said a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has secured a contract fromy Aramco Overseas Company BV (AOC) to perform the front-end engineering design (FEED) for a gas compression project that is part of a master gas system expansion in Saudi Arabia.

The Swiss firm said it will be responsible for developing a FEED package on a fast-track basis, initially for two compressor stations. AOC plans to develop up to three additional compressor stations in a subsequent phase of this expansion.