Refinery news roundup: Middle East, Africa -- minor works

London (Platts)--22 Nov 2017 745 am EST/1245 GMT

In the Middle East and Africa, Mina Al Fahal restarted after works.


Capacity b/d
Mina Al Fahal106,000OmanOrpicFullRestarted
Mesaieed137,000QatarQatar PetrFullQ4
Ras Tanura550,000Saudi ArabiaAramcoSplitterDelayed
Ras Laffan 2146,000QatarQatar PetrSplitterOct
Tema45,000GhanaTORTo restartQ1 2018
Sir75,000Cote D'ivoireJointHcrackerNov
Jeddah90,000Saudi ArabiaAramcoClosedQ4'17
Mina Al-ahmadi466,000KuwaitKNPCClean fuel2018
Mina Abdullah270,000KuwaitKNPCClean fuel2018
Port Harcourt210,000NigeriaNNPCOverhaulN/a
Dangote650,000NigeriaDangote IndLaunchQ4'19/q1'20
Pg Star360,000IranNIORLaunchDelayed

- Orpic began the restart process at the Mina al-Fahal refinery in Oman following a 45-day maintenance that started October 3. The refinery is shut for full maintenance every four years.

- Qatar Petroleum plans to carry out a total shutdown at its refinery at Mesaieed in the fourth quarter of 2017.

- Saudi Aramco had initially planned to shut the gas condensate distillation unit, or condensate splitter, at Ras Tanura in October, but has delayed the shutdown to the end of November or later, sources said.

- Qatar Petroleum has informed players of "small maintenance work" at its No. 1 and No. 2 splitters at Ras Laffan 2, market sources said, adding they had been notified that about 30,000 b/d of the total 140,000 b/d splitter capacity would be down.

- Gabon's Sogara has been undergoing maintenance which started mid-September. Work was set to continue for around six to eight weeks.

- Libya's National Oil Corp. is due to increase refining rates at the Zawiya refinery by restarting the second CDU. The plant has been operating just one of its two atmospheric distillation units.

- Ghana's Tema Oil Refinery, shut since late January, is expected to restart in the "first quarter of 2018 or earlier", a source at Ghana's National Petroleum Authority said last week. The facility might temporarily restart for about three weeks in Q4, according to a market source.

- The hydrocracker at Cote d'Ivoire's SIR has gone offline and is no longer producing middle distillates, while the two CDUs continue to operate, market sources said. SIR was said to be importing gasoil and gasoline.

- Numerous units at Algeria's Skikda are offline since a maintenance that started in April.

- Saudi Aramco has closed its Jeddah refinery in the west of Saudi Arabia, as part of its plan to convert the industrial complex into a distribution hub for oil products. Aramco decided to convert the complex, including the 50-year old refinery, into a distribution center to improve its performance, the company said in a statement.


- South Korea's GS Engineering & Construction Co. has won a contract to repair units at the Ruwais refinery in the UAE that were damaged in a fire in January 2017. GS said it will restore fire-damaged parts of the oil processing plant at Ruwais by early 2019. ADNOC had initially hoped to restart production from the residual fluid catalytic cracking (RFCC) unit in the first quarter of 2018.


- Kuwait National Petroleum Co. will begin commissioning newly installed units by April 2018, once it has completed its Clean Fuels Project to revamp the country's main refineries -- Mina al-Ahmadi and Mina Abdullah. The entire project, to be completed by the end of 2018, aims to improve the quality of products and slash the pooled fuel oil yield from to 5.7% from 20.7%.

- Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. is prequalifying international engineering, procurement and construction companies to take part in a major new project to upgrade and expand gasoline and aromatics production at the Ruwais refinery. The entire scheme is scheduled for completion before the end of 2022. Separately, ADNOC and Cepsa signed a memorandum of understanding to build a new Linear Alkyl Benzene (LAB) complex. The basic engineering of the complex will start in 2018.

- Nigeria's four state-owned oil refineries -- two in Port Harcourt and one each in Kaduna and Warri -- are to be shut for a major overhaul to restore production to their combined nameplate capacity of 445,000 b/d. NNPC did not provide a timeframe. The refineries have been operating below average capacity due to technical problems and pipeline sabotage.

- Jordan Petroleum Refinery Co. (JPRC) has awarded a contract to US engineers KBR for the design of a new residue hydroprocessing unit, as part of its expansion of the Zarqa refinery in Jordan. The upgrade aims to increase the quality of its product to meet Euro 5 standard.


- Iraq opened its latest downstream tender October 23, hoping to attract engineering and construction companies to build a new refinery in the Basra province.

- The Dangote refinery in Lagos is expected to be delayed slightly and will be online either by the last quarter of 2019 or the first quarter of 2020, oil minister Emmanuel Kachikwu told an industry event in Cape Town. Dangote Industries said previously it was aiming for Q1, 2019 start.

- Iran expects the 120,000 b/d phase two of the Persian Gulf Star condensates refinery to be completed by mid-2018, while phase three, which will take total capacity to 360,000 b/d, is expected to come online around mid-2019. The 120,000 b/d first phase of the Persian Gulf Star complex was officially opened after the refinery's naphtha treatment unit began operations in March 2017.

--Elza Turner,
--Edited by Jeremy Lovell,

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