Sonatrach has signed a $3.7 Bn deal with a consortium led by Spain’s Técnicas Reunidas and Samsung Engineering to build Algeria’s sixth oil refinery in Haoud El Hamra, Hassi Messaoud.
Saudi Aramco’s SATORP refinery will conduct a scheduled maintenance on train 2 units at its 440kbd (22Mnta) oil refinery in Saudi Arabia. Operations will continue as normal on train 1 units.
Zhejiang Petrochemical has started up the remaining units, including a second 200kbd (10Mnta) crude unit in Phase 1 of its Zhoushan refinery and petrochemical complex, raising capacity to 400kbd (20mnta).
Kuwait National Petroleum (KNPC) has commissioned a new clean-diesel production unit and started production of 45kbd (2.25Mnta) ultralow-sulphur diesel (ULSD) at its 466kbd (23.3Mnta) Mina Al-Ahmadi refinery, as part of its ongoing Clean Fuels Project (CFP).
Hindustan Petroleum’s Visakh refinery produced its first batch of Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (VLSFO) in early December 2019, ahead of the IMO deadline of 1 January 2020 of reducing sulphur levels from 3.5% to 0.5%.