ENOC refinery expansion to cost $1b

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Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) has planned to expand the capacity of its ENOC Processing Company (EPCL) Jebel Ali facility by 50%. The expansion project comprises three separate packages at an estimated cost of US$1 billion. The expected date for commercial production is Q4 of 2019, according to a press release issued by the ENOC.

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 140,000 barrels per day at present. Additional processing units will also be added, including a new LPG/naphtha hydrotreater, an isomerisation unit, Kerosene hydrotreater and a diesel hydrotreator. 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.

The subsequent two packages of the project will include the construction of storage tanks and a 31,000 square feet warehouse.

In response to the UAE’s drive towards clean energy, the expanded EPCL facility will apply stringent Euro 5 standards to its manufacturing process.

Technip Italy, based in Rome, will be the engineering procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the design and construction of the processing unit. The front end engineering design was carried out by KBR.

Regional powerhouse

Commenting on the project, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, ENOC’s Vice Chairman, said, “As the UAE continues its journey as a regional powerhouse, meeting the growing energy demand tops the government’s agenda. We continue to move forward to realise our wise leadership’s vision in the establishment of a robust infrastructure to support the growth of the UAE economy which is based on the diversification of energy resources by increasing fuel production through the expansion of EPCL’s refinery. This ambitious expansion project is one of the key building blocks in the energy infrastructure sector to meet future demands and supports our sustainable growth in line with Dubai Plan 2021”.

Over the years, EPCL has been continuously expanding and improving its production to cater for the growing needs of the local and international markets. It was first commissioned in 1999, starting with two condensate distillation units with a capacity of 60,000 barrels of oil per day (bbls/d) each, four MEROX units and storage capacity of 1,283 thousand cubic meters.

In 2010, at a cost of US $850 million, EPCL commissioned additional units for the production of low sulfur naphtha and reformate – both critical components for the blending of gasoline, and as a feedstock to petro-chemical plants. Subsequent to this in 2012, EPCL completed a debottlenecking project increasing capacity to 140,000 barrels per day.

The facility also includes an ISO 9001:2015/ ISO 17025:2005 certified laboratory and it is the only accredited organisation in the Middle East capable of carrying out critical tests for gasoline and jet fuel products.

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