Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Co., the state-run company known as Takreer, will complete the expansion of its refinery at Ruwais by the end of 2013 and start a diesel production plant this year, a company official said.
The project at Ruwais to build 21 major process units includes a 127,000 barrel-a-day residue fluid catalytic cracker, said Fareed Al Jaberi, strategic studies and business development manager, today at a conference in Dubai. The RFCC is a unit used in the conversion of crude oil to gasoline.
Persian Gulf oil producers are boosting refining to supply growing domestic demand as their economies and populations expand. Abu Dhabi National Oil Co., Takreer’s parent company, has one refinery at Ruwais and one in Abu Dhabi city.
The expansion will be ready by the end of 2013 and the new units at Ruwais will be fully operational in the first quarter of 2014 and add 417,000 barrels a day in capacity, doubling gasoline output, General Manager Jasem Ali Al Sayegh said in March last year.
The company this year will complete building and start testing a so-called green diesel plant to make low-sulfur fuel, Al Jaberi said. The plant will include a 44,000 barrel-a-day gasoil hydrotreater; a 41,000 barrel-a-day mild hydrocracking unit; a 35,000 barrel-a-day vacuum unit; a sulfur recovery unit; and a hydrogen purification unit, according to a presentation by Al Jaberi.
A base oil plant will start commercial production of automobile lubricants by the end of 2013, Al Jaberi said. The facility will produce 500,000 tons per year of Group III base oils, a measure of the lubricants’ viscosity, or ease in flowing, he said.
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