The Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) has awarded MHPS Europe with a contract to rehabilitate and upgrade six boilers in unit 29 of Mina Al-Ahmadi refinery in Kuwait. The rehabilitation includes improving the combustion system (implementing low-NOx burners), extending the lifetime (by upgrading pressure parts), enhancing auxiliary systems to enable a higher availability and operational flexibility of the unit. The contract volume amounts to a two-digit million Euro amount.
The refinery was established in 1949 with a production capacity of 25,000 barrels per day. It has since then expanded twice, adding more units and increasing the capacity to about 446,000 barrels daily. Four boilers in unit 29 of the refinery have been operational since 1976 and two more since the mid-80s, making a comprehensive rehabilitation necessary.
The modular design of the boilers allow for a compact shutdown schedule. The boilers will be rehabilitated sequentially starting July 2021. The rehabilitation will not only restore the boilers to their original output and efficiency but will also guarantee the highest level of availability.
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Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS), headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, is a joint venture formed in February 2014 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and Hitachi, Ltd. integrating their operations in thermal power generation systems and other related businesses. MHPS today ranks among the world's leading suppliers of equipment and services to the power generation market, backed by 100 billion yen in capital and approximately 20,000 employees worldwide. The Company's products include GTCC (gas turbine combined-cycle) and IGCC (integrated coal gasification combined-cycle) power plants, gas/coal/oil-fired (steam) power plants, boilers, generators, gas and steam turbines, geothermal power plants, AQCS (air quality control systems), power plant peripheral equipment, digital solutions and solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFC).
About Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe GmbH
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe GmbH, which is headquartered in Duisburg and is a subsidiary of the global company Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd., plans and constructs power plants and offers long-term service and maintenance contracts. The plant constructor also delivers key components such as gas turbines, steam generators and environmental technology. As the market and technology leader, e.g. for gas turbines or steam generators, the company focuses on modern, environmentally friendly and efficient plants. The company employs around 670 staff in Duisburg.