Adnoc is eying overseas crude as future feedstock for its Ruwais refinery expansion. A new 600,000 b/d refinery is slated for 2025. Adnoc downstream chief Abdulaziz Alhajri tells MEES likely runs will be 250-300,000 b/d of domestic “system” crude, with the remainder imported “non-system” crude.

It’s a similar story at the 420,000 b/d Ruwais West refinery which currently runs on domestic Murban crude. The $3.1bn Crude Flexibility Project (CFP) will enable it to run on Upper Zakum or imports: “whatever brings us more value.” A residue fluid catalytic cracker (RFCC) at the refinery has been offline since a fire in January 2017 but Mr Alhajri says it is now being recommissioned and will hopefully be online by year-end, with full production in 1Q 2019. (CONTINUED - 123 WORDS)