Kuwait’s long-awaited 615,000 b/d Al Zour refinery has finally begun commercial operations, albeit at very limited rates. Al Zour’s operator, KPC subsidiary Kipic announced the development on 6 November, just a few weeks after reports confirmed that crude had been introduced into the first CDU in late-September (MEES, 30 September).

Al Zour is made up of three 205,000 b/d CDUs. With the first now online, CEO Waleed al-Bader expects the second and third units to be brought online successively. No timeframe was provided, but the process will likely take a number of months. (CONTINUED - 922 WORDS)