ADNOC achieves 73% completion on Ruwais' refining upgrade
As part of the upgrade, two new fractionators and 24 atmospheric residue desulfurisation reactors were installed at the refinery
The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has made significant progress on its Crude Flexibility Project (CFP) by achieving 73% completion of its ongoing project of upgrading the refining capabilities of Ruwais refinery.
In terms of the upgrade, much of the physical infrastructure required for the CFP has been completed. This includes the installation of major structural elements mainly two new fractionators and 24 atmospheric residue desulfurisation reactors. Each of the fractionators weighed 287.6 tonne (317 tons) and were transported to the UAE from South Korea.
Meanwhile, it took the team three weeks across June to July 2020 to install the 80-meter structures that will be used to separate the component products within the crude oil to allow for further refining.
For more than 40 years, ADNOC has refined Murban grade crude that is being extracted from its onshore fields in Abu Dhabi. The CFP allows for the Upper Zakum grade, extracted from Abu Dhabi's offshore oil fields, to be processed along with over 50 other types of different crudes.
Upon completion in mid-2022, the CFP will allow ADNOC to process up to 420,000 barrels per stream day (bpsd) of heavier and sourer grades of crude oil, as part of the 840,000 bpsd refinery in Ruwais.
In 2018, ADNOC revealed plans to diversify the feedstocks it processes and the $3.5bn (AED12.8bn) CFP upgrade initiative is a core driver of ADNOC Downstream’s 2030 smart growth strategy.
Speaking about the progress, Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and ADNOC Group CEO, said: "This investment is another step in our progress to develop Ruwais into a dynamic, global hub for downstream activity, further strengthening ADNOC's role as a key driver of the UAE's long-term industrial growth and economic diversification".
Currently, ADNOC Refining — which runs as a JV between ADNOC and Eni and OMV — produces more than 40 million metric tons of high-quality refined products to markets around the world.
Additionally, it refines up to 922,000 barrels of crude oil and condensate per day into various products, including LPG, naphtha, gasoline, jet fuel, gas oil, base oil, and petrochemical feedstocks such as propylene.