ed petrochemical complex capable of maximizing chemical
yield, transforming and recycling byproducts, driving efficiencies of scale and resource optimization, and diversifying
Saudi Arabia’s petrochemical feedstock mix, the companies
said upon announcing the project in 2016.
The companies plan to reach a final investment decision
on the complex upon completing FEED.
If approved, the COTC project—which would fulfill Saudi Vision 2030 goals for the downstream sector and will
mark the first time the two largest economic entities in Saudi Arabia jointly enter into a strategic partnership—would
create an estimated 30,000 direct and indirect jobs, Aramco
said (OGJ Online, June 1, 2016).
Further details regarding Aramco and SABIC’s previously
announced intention to establish a joint venture to advance
the project were not disclosed.
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Saudi Aramco and Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corp.
(SABIC) have formalized a previously announced agreement
to conduct a joint feasibility study for the development of a
fully integrated crude oil-to-chemicals (COTC) complex in
Saudi Arabia (OGJ Online, June 28, 2016).
The companies have signed a memorandum of understanding to execute front-end engineering design for the
proposed COTC complex, which they expect will process
400,000 b/d of crude oil to produce about 9 million tonnes/
year of chemicals and base oils, Aramco said.
The complex would use a COTC process derived from
improved refining technology that mixes configurations
with proved conversion technologies to create an integrat-
Saudi Aramco, SABIC advance plan
for crude oil-to-chemicals complex
Kuwait lets contract for Al-Zour
refinery expansion project
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Kuwait Petroleum Corp.’s (KPC) newly formed subsidiary
Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Co.(KIPIC) has let a
contract to Honeywell UOP LLC to provide a range of process
technologies for the already proposed expansion of KIPIC’s
grassroots 615,000-b/d Al-Zour refinery complex still under
construction in southern Kuwait (OGJ Online, Aug. 5, 2016).
Honeywell UOP, as part of the contract, will supply technology licenses, design services, key equipment, and proprietary catalysts and adsorbents for a selection of units designed to produce clean-burning fuels conforming to Euro 5
standards, as well as paraxylene, propylene, and other petrochemicals, the service provider said.
Honeywell UOP’s scope of delivery for the project will include:
• A 50,000-b/d RFCC complex equipped with ethylene
and propylene recovery.
• A 24,000-b/d Honeywell UOP Selectfining unit to produce low-sulfur gasoline.
• Two Honeywell UOP Merox units to treat propane for
propylene production, and isobutane to make clean-fuels
blending components, including methyl tertiary butyl ether
that will be produced by a UOP Ethermax unit.
• A Butamer unit to convert normal butane to isobutane.
• A 66,000-b/d UOP continuous catalyst regeneration
(CCR) platforming unit as well as a 74,000-b/d naphtha hy-
drotreater to make gasoline blend stock.
• An LD Parex aromatics complex that includes the Honeywell UOP Sulfolane, Isomar, and Tatoray proprietary processes for production of 1. 4 million tonnes/year of paraxylene.
• An Oleflex propane dehydrogenation unit that will
produce 660,000 tpy of polymer-grade propylene.
Neither KIPIC nor Honeywell UOP disclosed a value of
the latest contract or a timeline for the proposed expansion
Part of Kuwait’s Clean Fuels Project to upgrade, expand,
and transform the 270,000-b/d Mina Abdullah and 466,000-
b/d Mina Al Ahmadi refineries into an integrated 800,000
b/d merchant refining complex, the long-planned Al-Zour
refinery remains on schedule for commissioning sometime
in 2018-19 (OGJ Online, Aug. 24, 2017; Oct. 27, 2016).
KPC subsidiary Kuwait National Petroleum Co. officially
shuttered its 200,000-b/d Shuaiba refinery on Apr. 1 (OGJ
Online, July 31, 2017).
KPC formed KIPIC in late 2016 to manage refinery, petrochemicals, and LNG import operations in the Al-Zour complex. Also charged with securing Kuwait’s local demand for
energy and contributing to growth of the private sector, KIPIC
is Kuwait’s first integrated downstream company as well as
the KPC arm responsible for achieving integration between
the refining and petrochemical industries, KPC said.