Abu Dhabi’s Adnoc Refining shut down Ruwais East and West refineries, with combined primary distillation capacity of 837,000 b/d, for maintenance in first quarter 2020. Giuseppe Ricci, chief refining and marketing officer at Italy’s Eni, which owns 20% of Adnoc Refining, announced the turnaround during the company’s 24 April earnings call. He said the refineries were running at around 60% capacity in the second quarter and expected to ramp up to full capacity in the second half.
Rainer Seele, chief executive of Austria’s OMV which owns 15% of Adnoc Refining, said in a 30 April analysts’ call that “we see a ramp-up in the next two months.” Mr Seele noted that there have been problems with the residue fluid catalytic cracker at 417,000 b/d Ruwais West and that he was optimistic the shutdown would be used to improve RFCC reliability. (CONTINUED - 186 WORDS)