Ground improvement work for what will be one of the largest oil refineries in the Middle East has been completed by Van Oord.
The project was the first phase of a refinery investment by Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) and involved the reclamation of 65M.m3 of sand, as well as extensive soil improvement.
The reclamation area of 1,320ha is situated in a “sabkha area” – a salt plain near the coast – 30km from the Saudi border.
It will house the Al-Zour Refinery which will produce 615,000 barrels per day and has a goal of supplying low-sulphur fuel.
Van Oord will continue to work for KNPC in Kuwait on land reclamation for the construction of a port and the first phase of an import facility.