The estimated $180m contract was assigned to SNC-Lavalin subsidiary Kentz by state oil and gas company Saudi Aramco, which raises asphalt capacity at the site to 42,000 barrels a day from 22,000 barrels a day.
Asphalt, also known as bitumen, is a heavy product of the refining process that is mostly used for paving roads.
Various companies submitted bids for the tender in September 2015 comprising SNC-Lavalin, Japan JGC Corporation, and Indian group Larsen & Toubro, according to sources familiar with the project.
The project is required to be completed in 18 months. SNC-Lavalin will provide engineering and detailed design, procurement, installation, construction, pre-commissioning, and commissioning for the plant.
Aramco is preparing to carry out a bigger expansion at the Ras Tanura refinery. The company has invited contractors to submit EPC bids for the Clean Fuels Project by 17 July.
Saudi Arabia Aramco completed Ras Tanura Refinery Asphalt Production Facilities Expansion