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Dubai: Refinery Upgrade

70,000 Additional Barrels for ENOC Plant: UAE refinery to Double Capacity

| Editor: Dominik Stephan

Technip specialists at work. The company has been awarded Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract for the design and construction of new processing units and ancillary units at ENOC's Jebel Ali refinery.
Technip specialists at work. The company has been awarded Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract for the design and construction of new processing units and ancillary units at ENOC's Jebel Ali refinery. (Picture: Technip)

Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) has ambitious plans for its Jebel Ali refinery: The Oil company plans to double the facilities output with the help of a megasized three stages expansion program.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) revealed plans to expand the capacity of its ENOC Processing Company (EPCL) Jebel Ali facility by 50 per cent. The expansion project comprises of three separate packages at an estimated value in excess of US$1billion. The expected date for commercial production is Q4 of 2019.

The main package of the project will add a new Condensate processing train to the existing facility, expanding its daily capacity to 210,000 barrels, up from its existing current 140,000 barrels per day. Additional processing units will also be added. These include a new LPG/naphta hydrotreater, an isomerisation unit, kerosene hydrotreater, and a diesel hydrotreater.

These units will ensure that the refinery’s fuel products, which include gasoline, jet fuel and diesel, are capable of meeting expanding domestic fuel demand, as well as for export purposes.

Keeping Up With UAE Energy Demand

Commenting on the project, HSaif Humaid Al Falasi, Group CEO of ENOC, said: “The UAE's energy demand is growing at about 9 per cent a year. Since our establishment, we have grown into a responsible, profitable and sustainable organisation that has continuously met these needs. An emerging aviation sector and the evolving logistics needs of numerous businesses invoke a strategy that demands foresight. The refinery expansion is part of this strategy to develop enabling infrastructure that fuels the nation’s growth.”

“For a rapidly developing market like Dubai, strategic investments in projects demonstrate that development strategies like Dubai Plan 2021 are already being realised,” continued Al Falasi.

French Engineering for Arabian Refinery

In response to the UAE’s drive towards clean energy, the expanded EPCL facility will manufacture products for the local market meeting stringent Euro 5 standards.

Technip, which was contractor on the Jebel Ali refinery from 1997 to 1999, has been awarded a large contract, covering the Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) for the design and construction of the processing unit. The Group’s operating Center in Rome, Italy, will manage the project. . The Front End Engineering Design was carried out by KBR. The licensor technology has been provided by UOP, Axens, and KT.

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