Aramco Ready To Fire Up Power Plant As Key Jazan Projects Near Completion

Aramco’s huge IGCC power plant, integrated with a new refinery at Jazan, is ready for commissioning. But, with Houthi rebels in nearby Yemen getting more ambitious in their infrastructure attacks, and no link to the Saudi oil pipeline network, the plans look as uneconomic as ever.

State firm Saudi Aramco’s whopping 4GW integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plant, under development at Jazan in the remote southwest of Saudi Arabia, is about to enter the commissioning phase.

The plant is to be integrated with an under-construction 400,000 b/d refinery – from which it will receive 90,000 b/d in fuel oil feedstock and to which it will supply 1GW of power – to form the core of ‘Jazan Economic City’. With the refinery units not due to begin commissioning until well into 2019 – power from the IGCC plant will be needed for the commissioning process – in the meantime initial fuel oil feedstock will have to be shipped from Saudi Arabia’s Gulf ports.


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