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Abu Dhabi state firm Adnoc’s refining focus in 2019 will be on returning to service a residue fluid catalytic cracker (RFCC) at its 417,000 b/d Ruwais West refinery. The RFCC was damaged in a fire in early 2017 and is being rebuilt by Korea’s GS Engineering & Construction ( MEES, 7 July 2017 ).
Adnoc began commissioning the rebuilt 127,000 b/d unit in November and expects it to be fully operational by the end of 1Q 2019.
Like most Gulf downstream operators Adnoc is seeking to integrate petrochemicals capacity with refineries ( MEES, 7 September ). This week Adnoc and Spain’s Cepsa, wholly-owned by Abu Dhabi investment vehicle Mubadala, awarded the front end engineering design contract for a 150,000 t/y linear alkyl benzene (LAB) plant, to be built at Ruwais by Spain’s Tecnicas Reunidas. The plant will process kerosene produced at Ruwais. Also this week Borouge, a 60:40 joint venture of Adnoc and Austria’s Borealis broke ground for a 480,000 t/y polypropylene plant at Ruwais with a start-up target of 3Q 2021 (see above and MEES, 21 September ). (CONTINUED - 169 WORDS)