Satorp Pumps Up Volumes

Saudi state oil giant Aramco and French JV partner Total plan to squeeze their Satorp refinery at Jubail on the Saudi Gulf coast even harder, with a second debottlenecking of a plant where integrated petrochemicals production is already planned.

This week the Satorp partners awarded US firm KBR a contract to debottleneck the second of two CDUs at its 440,000 b/d plant, with a view to completion in August 2020. KBR has appointed China’s Wison Engineering as subcontractor for the project.

KBR says the second debottlenecking will result in a throughput capacity 15% above the 400,000 b/b pre-bottlenecking figure, that is 460,000 b/d. Capacity at the plant was increased to 440,000 b/d early last year in a first debottlenecking project ( MEES, 23 March 2018 ). (CONTINUED - 360 WORDS)