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The Yasref refinery helped boost Saudi products output to a record 2015. Aramco has now turned its sights toå increased integration with petchems.
Saudi Aramco’s freshly-released 2015 Annual Review gives a plant-by-plant breakdown of what was a record year, for both overall refinery output and for key products diesel and gasoline.
The 2015 figures were boosted by completion of the Yasref joint venture refinery with China’s Sinopec. Both the 400,000 b/d Yasref plant and the same-sized Satorp joint venture refinery with France’s Total, which reached full capacity in mid-2014, were built with transport fuel exports in mind. They helped push diesel output up 28% to a new peak of almost 963,000 b/d in 2015, while gasoline output was boosted by 12% to almost 493,000 b/d.
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