Ministry of Oil - Nasiriya Integrated Project

General Information
Owner Ministry of Oil, Iraq
Masterplan Project (Parent Profile)
Location Nasiriya, Dhi Qar Province, Iraq
Status --
Sector Oil, Downstream, Oil Refinery
Contract Type Build Operate Transfer (BOT)
Onshore/Offshore Onshore
Greenfield/Brownfield Greenfield
Progress 0
Estimated Budget Value ---
Contract Value 0
Net Value $0m
Award Date September 2023
Completion Date December 2026
Last Updated On April 2023
ProjectId (Old, New) 16016, 140445


Iraq is planning to build a new refinery at Nasiriya in an effort to raise the country's fuel production. According to reports, all of the country's eight refineries are operating at only 50-75% of capacity, forcing the country to import most of its refined products.

The crude oil refinery will comprise two trains and be able to process 150,000 b/d of Basra light crude or Mishrif crude, and will produce gasoline; hi-octane as well as regular gasoline; kerosene, gas-oil, LPG and fuel oil.

Iraq has the world's third largest known reserves of oil but decades of war, sanctions, under-investment and now widespread violence and sabotage have left it critically short of fuel. It has to import nearly half of its gasoline. The country have to spend up to $200 million a month importing refined products from its neighbours to make up for the shortfall of fuel products. The refinery comprises of 27 process units, ranging from crude/vacuum distillation for the primary distillation of the crude to hydrocracking, fluid catalytic cracking and residue hydrocracking units for upgrading the atmospheric residue streams. The refinery consists of two identical trains with common process units and is designed to be capable of processing local heavy, high-sulphur crude to produce a range of products for domestic use, plus white oil products suitable for export to international markets, designed to meet both Iraqi quality specifications and Euro IV/V specifications.

The US$12,000 million project included the following:

1. Nasiriya Refinery

a. Construction of kerosene hydrotreating

b. Construction of light gas oil hydrodesulphurisation

c. Construction of light naphtha isomerization

d. Construction of C3,C4 olefins alkylation

e. Construction of vacuum gas oil hydro-desulphurization

f. Construction of naptha hydrodesulphurisation

g. Construction of NC4 isomerisation unit

h. Construction of continuous catalytic reformer CCR

i. Construction of vacuum gas oil fluid catalytic cracking

j. Construction of CLG vacuum gas oil hydrocracking

k. Construction of vacuum residue H. oil

l. Construction of blown asphalt production

k. Construction of lPG production

m. Construction of atmospheric distillation

n. Construction of vacuum distillation

o. Construction of gas sweeting

p. Construction of sulphur recovery

2. Nasiriya Oil Field Development

a. Construction of wellheads

b. Construction of pumping stations

c. Construction of inter-wells pipelines

d. Construction of wellhead facilities

e. Construction of seismic survey

f. Construction of 20 wells

g. Construction of associated facilities

Second Section

28 April 2023

Nasiriya Integrated Project : Refinery:The main contract bid submission deadline is on May 28, 2023.

05 April 2023

Nasiriya Integrated Project : Refinery: The main contract tender has been issued on the project and the submission is on June 11, 2023.

20 March 2023

Refinery package: The project has revived and currently the ministry is offering investment opportunity to companies to develop the project. The submissions to purchase information kits for these opportunities will be opened as of April 02, 2023.

03 August 2018

The project has been cancelled due to unknown reason.

26 December 2016

ITB is yet to be issued on Nasiriya Integrated Project.

04 September 2016

The project continues to be on hold and time-frame for revival is not yet known.

03 May 2016

The project continues to be on hold and time-frame for revival is not yet known.

16 March 2016

The local government has asked the top authorities to implement the investment plan of the project on priority basis.

12 November 2015

The project has been put on hold due to financial issues.

06 August 2015

Zarubezhneft was not able to qualify to develop Nassiriya oil field.

22 June 2015

The licencing round for the development of the project has not been issued yet.

22 March 2015

The licencing round for the development of the project has not been issued yet.

18 February 2015

The project is facing delay due to civil unrest in the country and the client is preparing technical and administrative documents to issue licencing round for the project.

01 February 2015

MoO has announced to form Dhi Qar Oil Company which will be responsible for the oil field and refinery projects in Nasiriya.

27 October 2014

MoO is preparing documents to issue licencing round for Nasiriya Integrated Project before end of 2014.

19 June 2014

MoO has again delayed an international tendering for the development of its Nassiriya oil field and the construction of an associated 300,000 barrel a day refinery.

29 April 2014

Lukoil is planning a joint venture with Zarubezhneft to develop the Nassiriya oil field and help build an associated refinery.

16 January 2014

Petroleum Contracts & Licensing Directorate (PCLD) has pushed back the bid deadline by six months to June 19, 2014.

06 January 2014

The development contract is expected to be signed by end January 2014

25 November 2013

PMC for the planned Nasiriyah Integrated Project has been delayed by more than a month to January 23, 2014.

30 August 2013

Oil Ministry of Iraq has extended the deadline for the submission of expressions of interest for the project management to September 16, 2013 from August 29, 2013. Petroleum Contracts & Licensing Directorate (PCLD) expects to issue tenders for the deal at the end of September.

20 August 2013

Five additional international oil companies selected to bid for the development of its Nassiriya oil field are as follows: -Maurel et Prom -Rosneft -Essar -GS Engineering & Construction Corp. -ONGC Earlier following companies have been prequalified for the developer contract. -Zarubezhneft -CNPCI -Brown Energy -Reliance Industries -Lukoil -Total -JGC & Tonen General

19 August 2013

The winning PMC contractor will initially evaluate plans and proposed changes submitted by the refinery’s eventual engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor.

19 August 2013

MoO has asked international engineering firms to prequalify for the a project management consultant (PMC) contract and Petroleum Contracts & Licensing Directorate (PCLD) has set a deadline of 29 August for document submission. Tenders for the PMC contract will be issued by the PCLD on September 30, 2013 with proposals due by November 30, 2013.

19 August 2013

MoO added five more companies to its prequalified contractor list, which has now grown to 13 firms.

09 April 2013

Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) unit: UOP *Reformers: UOP *Hydrotreating units: UOP *Vacuum Residue (VR): Axens IFP Group Technologies *Gas oil desulfurisation hydrotreater: Axens IFP Group Technologies *Kerosene desulfurisation hydrotreater: Axens IFP Group Technologies *Butane isomerization unit: Axens IFP Group Technologies As a part of the deal, UOP will provide basic engineering, technology licences, catalysts and specialty equipment for the refinery.

09 April 2013

Crude will be supplied from the adjacent Nassiriyah oil field.

09 April 2013

FEED is completed for the project.

09 April 2013

The Iraqi oil ministry has invited Nippon Oil, to help develop the Nassiriyah oil field alongside Eni and Repsol YPF, and to build the refinery in the province, projects that were not put out to international tender in the licensing round.

09 April 2013

Vacuum residue: 52000 b/d *Gas oil desulfurisation hydrotreater: 105000 b/d *Kerosene desulfurisation hydrotreater: 24000 b/d *Butane isomerization unit: 11900 b/d

09 April 2013

The client has prequalified seven firms to bid on the project, MoO will issue an initial tender protocol at the end of April followed by data packages on May 10, The first draft contract will be released by July 1, with responses, if any, from the bidders due by August 15, 2013. Suggestions will also be welcomed by international bidders at a final workshop in September, before the revised draft contract is published in October, after which, the final tender protocol and contract will be issued o

09 April 2013

The project is facing delays due to financial issues.

09 April 2013

MoO is planning to award a contract for the development Nassiriya oil field and the construction of a dedicated 300000 bpd export refinery as one package.

09 April 2013

The Foster Wheeler has completed the FEED study on the Nasiriya refinery project.

09 April 2013

MoO through Petroleum Contracts and Licensing Directorate (PCLD) is now inviting Expressions of Interest (EOI) from companies that are experienced refinery operators who could join with upstream operators for the project.

09 April 2013

Ministry of Oil has invited international companies to bid for the project and 47 prequalified companies will be invited to compete for the project.

09 April 2013

The ministry plans to hold a new bid round on December 19, 2013 and it is currently holding workshops in Amman for the deal for the prequalified companies in order to allow them to discuss the project one-on-one with the ministry.

14 March 2013

Zarubezhneft (Russia), CNPC (China), Brown Energy (US), Reliance Industries (India), Lukoil (Russia), Total (France), JGC and Tonen General (Japan) were shortlisted.

16 October 2011

Axens awarded the Basic Design and License contracts.

13 June 2011

UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, appointed to provide technologies.

12 June 2010

Foster Wheeler awarded the feasibility study and front-end engineering design contract.

01 April 2006

MoO announced plans to develop the Al-Nasiriya Integrated Oil Field and Refinery project.