Takreer commissions Ruwais refinery expansion

Abu Dhabi Oil Refinery Co. (Takreer) has completed a long-planned expansion project designed to double crude processing capacity of the Ruwais refining complex in the United Arab Emirates, about 385 miles west of Abu Dhabi City (OGJ Online, Feb. 9, 2011).

The Ruwais crude capacity expansion has been fully commissioned, with the refining complex now operating at 100% rates at its newly expanded capacity of more than 800,000-b/d, Jasem Ali Sayegh, Takreer’s chief executive officer, told local news agencies on Nov. 11

In addition to a new 417,000-b/d crude distillation unit (CDU), other recently commissioned units now operating at full production include associated hydrotreating units, while a new 127,000-b/d residue catalytic cracking  (RFCC) unit continues to ramp up to full operating rates from its current production capacity of about 75%, according to the company.

Alongside the CDU and RFCC, the expanded Ruwais refinery, which initially was due to be completed in 2013 (OGJ Online, Feb. 26, 2008) before a delay to first-half 2014 (OGJ Online, Dec. 1, 2014, p. 34), also was to include the following units:

· A 200,000-b/d vacuum distillation unit.

· A 57,000-b/d hydrocracker.

· A 69,000-b/d naphtha hydrotreater.

· A 108,000-b/d kerosine hydrotreater.

· A 75,000-b/d diesel hydrotreater.

· A 37,000-b/d gasoline hydrotreater.

· A 23,000-b/d isomerization (C4) unit.

Takreer previously said it planned to invest about $10 billion in the Ruwais expansion.

Contact Robert Brelsford at rbrelsford@ogjonline.com.

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