Middle East distillation capacity rose 5.2 % in 2003

Jul 07, 2004 02:00 AM

Total primary distillation capacity of Middle East countries rose 5.26 % in 2003 to 6.80 mm bpd from 6.46 mm bpd in 2002, according to official figures. World primary distillation capacity increased 49.0 % (400,000 bpd) in 2003 to 82.54 mm bpd from 82.14 mm bpd in 2002.
"The increase of 340,000 bpd was mainly due to the coming on stream of a condensate treatment unit at Rs Tanura refinery in Saudi Arabia in August 2003 at a total capacity of 200,000 bpd," according to the 2003 report of the Organisation of the Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC).

The annual report noted that improvement of efficiency of some refineries in the region and updating of data in Iraq, Bahrain and Kuwait were also factored in that growth. The capacity for catalytic conversion processes rose 1.6 % (26,000 bpd) in 2003 to 1.6 mm bpd from 1.57 mm bpd in 2002 due to expansion in refineries in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
As for catalytic conversion processes, which include fluid catalytic cracking (FCC), hydrocracking, and catalytic reforming, their capacity increased 1.2 % (361,000 bpd) in 2003 to 30.2 mm bpd from 29.82 mm bpd in 2002.
"Hydrotreating capacity rose by 175,000 bpd, or 9.4 %, in 2003 to 2.02 mm bpd from 1.853 mm bpd in 2002," the report said.

Hydrotreating capacity worldwide increased 5.2 % (2 mm bpd) in 2003 to 40.33 mm bpd from 38.34 mm bpd in 2002. As for the total distillation capacity of the 68 refineries in the Arab countries, it grew 2.8 % to 7.33 mm bpd from 7.13 mm bpd in 2002.
"The 200,000 bpd increase added by the operational of new distillation unit at the Saudi Ras Tanura refinery, brought the total primary distillation capacity of the 53 refineries of OAPEC member states to 6.65 mm bpd in 2003 from 6.45 mm bpd, up 3.1 %," said the report.

Source: QNA
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