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All units at the Saudi Aramco/Total joint venture Satorp refinery in Jubail are operational, according to the French major.
Announcing its first half financial results, Total said that “included in June are the first runs from the new Satorp refinery, where all the units are now operational.” Yet doubts remain about how much crude the 400,000 b/d nameplate capacity plant is actually processing.
The first of two 200,000 b/d Satorp crude distillation units (CDUs) was brought onstream in September 2013, initially processing Arab Light crude and later heavy crude from Manifa oilfield when a 100,000 b/d delayed coker – shared by the two CDUs, like most Satorp upgrading and conversion units,– became operational. Satorp’s first CDU switched to Manifa crude early this year (MEES, 28 February).
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