Adnoc’s Downstream Squeezing More Out Of ‘Bottom-Of-The Barrel’

A new delayed coker is latest move in Abu Dhabi’s creation of a giant refining and petchems hub at Ruwais. Adnoc’s target is converting 20% of crude into chemicals.

Abu Dhabi state petroleum giant Adnoc on 2 September announced the completion of commissioning the delayed coker unit at the Ruwais West refinery complex.

Adnoc says the units will enable it to “extract the maximum value from ‘bottom-of-the-barrel’ heavy oils and slurry as it delivers on an aggressive downstream strategy.” Unveiled at a high-profile conference in May, Adnoc’s downstream strategy involves investing Dh165bn ($45bn) over the next five years to turn its Ruwais hub into “the world’s largest integrated refining and petrochemicals complex” ( MEES, 18 May ).

CRUDE TARGET

Adnoc downstream director Abdulaziz al-Hajri this week added that in the Ruwais refining and petchems hub “Adnoc will convert 20% of its crude to chemicals, tripling petrochemicals production capacity to 14.4mn t/y by 2025.”


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