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The Petro Rabigh refining and petchems joint venture of Saudi Aramco and Japan’s Sumitomo has awarded US firm Jacobs Engineering a contract for front end engineering design (FEED) and project management for Petro Rabigh’s ‘Bottom of the Barrel’ fuel oil upgrade project.
The 400,000 b/d capacity Rabigh refinery on the Saudi Red Sea coast produced just over 100,000 b/d of fuel oil in 2016 and 2017.
In a filing to the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) on 27 February, Petro Rabigh – which is owned 37.5% each by Aramco and Sumitomo with the remaining 25% of shares traded on Tadawul – indicates that a single plant is envisaged which will convert low value fuel oil into diesel and other high value products to international standards. Jacobs says the work is expected to take two years. Petro Rabigh has recently completed an expansion of integrated petchems units at the refinery from 2.4mn t/y to almost 5mn t/y, but the work has been delayed and commercial operations of the new units that was originally intended for 2016 has yet to be achieved ( MEES, 20 April 2018 ). (CONTINUED - 203 WORDS)