Aramco Awards Ras Tanura Clean Fuels, Seals Indonesia Deal

Aramco is upgrading its largest refinery after a delay triggered by the mid-2014 oil price collapse. It is also expanding its Java JV with Pertamina.

State firm Saudi Aramco has awarded Spain’s Tecnicas Reunidas a contract for engineering, procurement, construction and assistance with commissioning of a clean fuels project at its 550,000 b/d Ras Tanura refinery on the Saudi Gulf coast.

Tecnicas Reunidas says the contract is for 48 months to mechanical completion and will be undertaken in two packages: isomerization, naphtha hydro-treatment, continuous catalyst regeneration, interconnections, flare system and buildings; and utilities and offsites.

The upgrade will reduce the maximum sulfur content in Ras Tanura’s gasoline from 1,000ppm to 10ppm while reducing the benzene content from 3% to 1%. The plant’s diesel output will also be upgraded, from 500ppm sulfur to 10ppm. (CONTINUED - 760 WORDS)


table Ras Tanura Clean Fuels Upgrade
table Ras Tanura Refinery Output ('000 B/D)
chart Ras Tanura Refinery Output 2015 (%)