Takreer’s Ruwais refinery nearing restart, ADNOC says

Abu Dhabi Oil Refinery Co. (Takreer), the refining arm of state-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC), is preparing to restart about half of its more than 800,000-b/d Ruwais refining complex in the UAE following an early January fire that forced a partial shutdown of operations at the site (OGJ Online, Jan. 11, 2017).

The complex’s recently added 417,000-b/d West refinery is scheduled to resume full operations Jan. 18-19, ADNOC said in a statement published by UAE’s state-owned Emirates News Agency.

The complex’s original East refinery was not affected by the fire, and as a result, has continued to operate without interruption since the Jan. 11 event, the operator said.

While impact of the fire remains marginally limited to the refinery’s propylene production, ADNOC said it is taking steps to ensure fulfillment of supply commitments to customers.

A comprehensive assessment and investigation into the cause of the incident is under way, according to a series of posts to the state-run operator’s official Twitter account.

West refinery

Commissioned in 2015 as part of Takreer’s $10-billion expansion at Ruwais, the complex’s West refinery includes the following unit capacities:

• Crude distillation, 417,000 b/d.

• Vacuum distillation, 200,000 b/d.

• Residual fluid catalytic cracking, 127,000 b/d.

• Hydrocracking, 57,000 b/d.

• Naphtha hydrotreating, 69,000 b/d.

• Kerosine hydrotreating, 108,000 b/d.

• Diesel hydrotreating, 75,000 b/d.

• Gasoline hydrotreating, 37,000 b/d.

• Isomerization (C4), 23,000 b/d (OGJ Online, Nov. 13, 2015).

Contact Robert Brelsford at rbrelsford@ogjonline.com.

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