Amec Foster Wheeler secures FEED contract for Total’s Donges refinery in France


Amec Foster Wheeler has secured a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract for Total Raffinage France’s Donges refinery.

Through the FEED project, Total is looking to increase fuel production capacity of the refinery.

The project is a result of Total’s resolve to upgrade the refinery, which does not have desulphurisation capacity, resulting in fuels being exported due to non-compliance of quality standards as per European Union specifications.

Work as part of the FEED contract includes a new vacuum gas oil hydrotreater unit and sour water stripping unit, in addition to modification of existing units and new interconnections.

Amec Foster Wheeler EMEA downstream capital projects president Marco Moresco said: “This is a strategically important project for Total designed to increase the performance of the Donges refinery, which Amec Foster Wheeler knows well from past successful projects.

“We will combine innovative Virtual Plant technology and our unique Asset Information Hub, together with our extensive refinery clean fuels expertise, to deliver this important project for Total.”

Collating documents, data, and models of the plant, the Asset Information Hub (AIH) is meant for showcasing a digital representation of the physical plant.

"We will combine innovative Virtual Plant technology and our unique Asset Information Hub, together with our extensive refinery clean fuels expertise, to deliver this important project for Total."

The information management system is used to control and review aspects of the plant throughout its life.

Used in collaboration with Aveva’s Virtual Plant technology, AIH enables a designer to move around an asset and review data that is hosted in the AIH.

Amec Foster intends to utilise the AIH to improve efficiency and project delivery.

The work assigned as part of the contract is scheduled to be completed in the fourth quarter of this year.


Image: Aveva E3D view of the new hydrotreater and sour water stripping units. Photo: courtesy of Amec Foster Wheeler.