US-based Washington Group International's subsidiary, Washington Enterprises Emirates LLC (WEEL), has won a contract from the Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (Takreer) to perform front-end engineering and design services for a sulphur-handling facility.

The project will be undertaken in the Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company's Ruwais Industrial complex to expand the operation's sulphur-handling capacity in response to the continued growth of the oil, gas and petrochemical market.

The Ruwais complex of Takreer, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company.

Sulphur is a byproduct of the refining process that produces products such as natural gas, LPG, gasoline, diesel fuel and heating oil. Takreer is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc).

"Washington Group International is committed to playing a leading role in the worldwide oil, gas, and petrochemical market through our engineering, procurement, construction and management expertise," said Stephen M. Johnson, senior executive vice-president of Washington Group.

"This project for Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company will add to our extensive history in the design and construction of oil, gas and petrochemical facilities in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world," he said.

In addition to the Abu Dhabi contract, other recent contract susccesses for the company in the oil, gas and petrochemical market include a multimillion-dollar contract to provide design, equipment procurement and construction services for a new sulfur-handling facility in Qatar serving the natural gas processing market.

The company earlier performed the front-end engineering and design for the Qatar project.

"We're pleased with the momentum we are seeing in our oil, gas and petrochemical business and we will expand from here," Johnson said. "It's a key area of focus for the company."

Washington Group International Inc provides the talent, innovation and proven performance to deliver integrated engineering, construction and management solutions for businesses and governments worldwide.

With approximately 25,000 employees at work in more than 30 countries, the company provides professional, scientific, management and development services for more than two dozen major markets including power generation, transmission and distribution and clean air solutions; environmental remediation; heavy civil construction; mining; nuclear services; defence, homeland security and global threat reduction; industrial, chemical and pharmaceutical processing; manufacturing; facilities operations and management; transportation, and water resources.