Takreer begins restart of Ruwais refinery

Abu Dhabi Oil Refinery Co. (Takreer), the refining arm of state-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC), is restarting operations at the recently shuttered 417,000-b/d West plant of its more than 800,000-b/d Ruwais refining complex in the UAE following an early January fire (OGJ Online, Jan. 11, 2017).

Startup activities are in progress at the refinery’s crude distillation and associated units, with commercial production scheduled to resume shortly, ADNOC said in a statement published by UAE’s state-owned Emirates News Agency on Jan. 20.

Preliminary results of an ongoing investigation into the Jan. 11 fire indicate only partial impacts to production of gasoline and propylene at the refinery, ADNOC reported.

The company said it currently is working to replace supply shortfalls to ensure ongoing fulfillment of supply commitments to customers.

Quickly contained to one of the refinery’s still yet-to-be-identified units, the fire did not affect the Ruwais complex’s East refinery, which has continued to operate as planned since the time of the event (OGJ Online, Jan. 17, 2017).

Cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Contact Robert Brelsford at rbrelsford@ogjonline.com.

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