UAE’s Adnoc Plans $45bn Five-Year Downstream Expansion

Abu Dhabi’s state firm is turning Ruwais into a global downstream hub, with a new refinery and petchems units adding to existing plants.

State petroleum firm Abu Dhabi National Oil Company unveiled its plans to transform its downstream sector during a high-profile conference on 13 May. It announced details of an Dh165bn ($45bn) plan to turn its downstream operations at Ruwais, 240km west of Abu Dhabi city, into “the world’s largest integrated refining and petrochemicals complex.”

UAE Minister of State and Adnoc chief executive Sultan al-Jaber told the Adnoc Downstream Investment Forum that “given the projected increase in demand for petrochemicals and higher value refined produced, we are repositioning Adnoc to become a leading global downstream player.”

Investment partners are being sought to help Adnoc expand its petrochemicals sector, but it appears that a major new refinery will be developed solely by Adnoc.


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