Adnoc to build world’s largest refining complex in Ruwais

By Eudore R. Chand

ABU DHABI 22 February 2019: Adnoc Refining yesterday took a step closer to building the world’s largest integrated refining and petrochemicals complex, in Ruwais, when it awarded a Pre-Front End Engineering and Designing (Pre-Feed), contract to the Wood Group, a global leader in engineering, project and technical services, for the new refinery in Ruwais.

The contract award is a key milestone as Adnoc accelerates delivery of its Dh165 billion (US$45 billion) expansionary downstream strategy which will make Adnoc a leading global downstream player and enable it to increase the range and volume of high-value downstream products it sells.

The award is for a state-of-the-art refinery with a capacity of 600,000 barrels of crude oil per day. In keeping with modern design, the new refinery will be designed to have full conversion capability and allow integration with petrochemicals industries in Ruwais which is already the fourth largest single site refinery in the world, said Wam.

The award of the Pre-Feed contract is the second stage in a four-stage process to get to the beginning of construction. The previous stage was a feasibility study. The Pre-Feed is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

Strategic Partnerships

The announcement follows last month’s signing of two strategic equity partnerships between Adnoc and Eni and OMV, covering both Adnoc Refining and a new trading joint venture, which will be jointly established by the three partners. Eni and OMV will acquire 20 percent and 15 percent shares in Adnoc Refining respectively, with Adnoc owning the remaining 65 percent.

Eni and OMV will also own 20 percent and 15 percent of the shares respectively of the trading joint venture. According to Adnoc, the transactions reflect the scale, quality and growth potential of Adnoc Refining’s assets, coupled with an advantageous location from which to supply markets in Africa, Asia and Europe.

In May 2018, Adnoc announced plans to invest, alongside partners, in creating the world’s largest and most advanced integrated refining and petrochemicals complex at Ruwais. A cornerstone of the plan is expansion of refining capacity by more than 65 percent by 2025, creating a total capacity of 1.5 million barrels per day.

New Range of Crudes

The new refinery, coupled with other projects underway within the Ruwais complex, will significantly increase the capability, flexibility and output of Adnoc Refining’s operations by adding to the range of crudes that can be processed.

The Dh165 billion investment programme will also see the entire Ruwais complex upgraded to dramatically increase its flexibility and integrated capabilities to produce greater volumes of higher-value petrochemicals and derivative products. It includes a plan to build one of the world’s largest mixed feed crackers, trebling Adnoc’s production capacity from 4.5 Metric Tonnes Per Annum, mtpa, in 2016 to 14.4 mtpa by 2025.

In addition to investing in its refining and petrochemicals operations, Adnoc will develop an integrated downstream ecosystem in Ruwais, including new derivatives and conversion parks, to stimulate In-Country Value creation, employment opportunities, and private sector and GDP growth. It also intends to undertake highly targeted overseas investments to secure greater market access for its downstream products.

Dubai Gazette