Consultancy, engineering and project management company Amec Foster Wheeler will carry out Front End Engineering Design (FEED) work for the Dung Quat oil refinery in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam.

This relates to a $1.8 billion expansion and upgrade project that is expected to increase the refinery’s annual processing capacity by 30 percent, the company said last week.

The two-year contract was awarded by Binh Son Refining and Petrochemical Company Ltd. (BSR), a subsidiary of the state-owned Vietnam National Oil & Gas Group (PetroVietnam). No financial details were disclosed.

The contract covers optimization of the refinery configuration, coordination of licensors, and the design for new units as well as the revamp of existing units. According to Amec Foster Wheeler, this will include optimizing the plant’s configuration at the lowest cost, while increasing the stable supply of petroleum products in accordance with the Euro 5 standard. The British company will also support BSR’s contracting activities ready for the next phase of the project.

Roberto Penno, Amec Foster Wheeler’s group president for Asia, Middle East, Africa and Southern Europe, commented: “This contract award affirms our world-leading refinery capability, and I am delighted we are using our global expertise to support BSR in the development of Dung Quat, building on the design we completed for the original refinery 15 years ago.”