Bahrain Petroleum completes turnaround at Sitra refinery

25 April 2011 18:11  [Source: ICIS news]

Oil fields in southern BahrainHOUSTON (ICIS)--Bahrain Petrochemical Company (Bapco) completed a turnaround at its 250,000 bbl/day refinery at Sitra in Bahrain, the company said on Monday.

Bapco said the turnaround and inspection (T&I) of the low sulphur diesel plant (LSDP) was complete and the refinery complex was put on stream on 22 April, with product going to storage.

Bapco said a report last week that the refinery turnaround had been extended was inaccurate.

The Hub1 T&I began on 16 February and was the largest in the company’s history, Bapco said.

The shutdown was “actually a cluster of shutdowns involving a number of inter-related process units”, Bapco said, including a hydrocracker, a hydrogen plant, a sulphur recovery unit, a vacuum distillation unit, a crude distillation unit and a crude gas recovery unit. The LSDP flare was also shut down for turnaround and inspection.

The Hub1 T&I was part of a strategy to combine one conversion unit with one crude distillation unit and with one vacuum distillation unit so that maximum LPO (lost profit opportunity) could be gained, Bapco said.

A second turnaround involving three major units at the complex is planned for 2014, the company said.

At the peak of the Hub1 T&I, almost 2,500 company and contractor personnel were involved, Bapco said.

About 320 major pieces of equipment such as reactors, columns, heat exchangers and furnaces were isolated, opened, cleaned, inspected and repaired.

More than 1,000 valves were replaced and a number of major projects were completed, including the bulk acid gas recovery unit performance rectification project, the process condensate recovery project and the steam drum performance rectification project. Major overhauls of the recycle gas compressor and turbine were also carried out.

By: Brian Ford
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