ADNOC Distribution plans to build a new plant in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad) for the production of lubes and greases.

The firm, a subsidiary of state-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc), aims to establish a plant with a capacity of 100,000 tonnes a year (t/y) with a potential expansion to 200,000 t/y.

Adnoc Distribution is aiming to start operations at the plant at the beginning of 2022. The main products of the plant will include vehicle lubricants, marine lubricants, industrial lubricants, greases and various specialty fluids.

The project was announced as part of a new 50-year agreement between Adnoc Distribution and Abu Dhabi Ports to develop new projects in Kizad and provide logistical support for existing developments.

Adnoc Distribution also plans to build strategic storage warehouses at the site to supply Abu Dhabi with different fuel products such as diesel, E Plus-91, Special 95 using cargo trucks. It will also supply Abu Dhabi International Airport and Al Maktoum International Airport with jet fuel as well as gas oil to Al Taweelah Power and Desalination Complex via pipelines.

The warehouse will have the capacity to store 545,000 cubic metres, including:

  • Fuels such as E Plus-91: 75,000 cubic metres
  • Special 95: 105,000 cubic metres
  • Diesel: 180,000 cubic metres
  • Jet fuel: 180,000 cubic metres

This terminal is also expected to serve as a full back-up in case of any disruption of operations at the existing Mussafah Terminal close to Abu Dhabi city.

Kizad is located about half way between the cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai on the UAE’s Gulf coast.