Saudi SATORP refining and petchem complex ships first product

26 September 2013 17:50  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Total’s SATORP joint-venture refining and petrochemicals complex in Saudi Arabia has begun shipping first refined fuels, the France-based international energy and petrochemicals major said on Thursday.

Total said that Saudi Aramco, which is Total’s partner in SATORP, loaded the first shipment of heavy fuel oil at the Jubail oil terminal on 23 September.

The next shipment will be a cargo of diesel, to be lifted by Total in late September, it said.

The companies began commissioning SATORP several weeks ago, and the complex has been producing commercial-grade fuel oil and diesel since 13 September.

The SATORP facility’s size and complexity means that commissioning will be a months-long process, during which units will be started up in stages, Total said.

“As more conversion units come on stream, the products will undergo more complex processes and the amount of crude oil refined will ramp up,” it added.

All units are scheduled to be up and running by end-2013. Construction work on complex began in early April 2010.

The production complex is designed to refine 400,000 bbl/day, or around 20m tonnes/year, of oil to produce automotive fuels. The complex includes integrated petrochemical units to produce benzene, paraxylene and propylene. It uses Arab Heavy crude oil from the Saudi Arabia’s Safaniya and Manifa fields as feedstock.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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