(EnergyAsia, June 30) — Nasdaq-listed engineering firm Foster Wheeler Ltd said its subsidiary, Foster Wheeler Italiana S.p.A, has been awarded a contract to provide process design services in conjunction with the installation of a new seawater desalination unit at the Khafji Joint Operations (KJO) Plant, at Al-Khafji in Saudi Arabia. The contract was awarded by SETE Technical Services S.A., a consultancy and engineering subsidiary of the Latsis Group, a major Greek conglomerate,

KJO is a joint venture between Kuwait Gulf Oil Company and Aramco Gulf Operations Company.


The new plant, which has a capacity of 1.5 million US gallons per day (USGPD), will be built adjacent to five existing seawater desalination units — three with a total design capacity of 1.7 million USGPD, one with a capacity of 1 million USGPD and one with a capacity of 1.25 million USGPD — and related facilities.


The terms of the award were not disclosed and the project will be included in Foster Wheeler’s second-quarter bookings.


“We are delighted to receive this award, which is an additional step in our already proven collaboration with SETE TechnicalServices in Saudi Arabia,” said Andrea Fava, director of the Environmental Division of Foster Wheeler Italiana.


“This will be one more project to add to the chain of projects that SETE has successfully executed with Foster Wheeler in the last two decades. We feel that both companies have developed a partnership spirit that helps in effectively responding to clients’ requirements in particular, and to the market demands in general,” said George Antonopoulos, chief operations officer, SETE Technical Services.


The project is due to be completed by the second quarter of 2007.