Bahrain Refinery Revamp To Boost Heavy Oil Upgrading

The pieces are finally falling into place for Bahrain’s much-delayed Sitra refinery expansion, after a key technology and engineering contract was awarded earlier this month.

Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) aims to raise throughput capacity at the refinery from 267,000 b/d to 360,000 b/d with a view to processing additional Saudi crude arriving via a new – and also much-delayed – 350,000 b/d pipeline.

Bapco has awarded Chevron Lummus Global (CLG), a joint venture of US contractor CB&I and US major Chevron, a $100mn-plus contract for technology licenses and engineering design for new residue hydrocracking and vacuum gasoil hydrocracking units. CLG has already provided technologies and catalysts for earlier projects at Sitra. The chosen technologies will upgrade residual oil to middle distillates.


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