Aramco to upgrade Riyadh refinery

19 October 2001

Saudi Aramcohas asked Japanese, European and US contractors to express their interest in a contract to increase the capacity of its sulphur recovery unit at the Riyadh refinery. The invitation to bid will be issued in late November.

The work will involve upgrading old units and installing new ones at the plant. The estimated $50 million contract is scheduled to be awarded in February 2002 and completion of the project is expected by June 2004. Contractors say the timetable is ambitious because of the complicated nature of the work, which will improve the quality of the refined product.

The Riyadh refinery has a capacity of 140,000 barrels a day (b/d). Commissioned in 1975, with an initial capacity of 15,000 b/d, it is one of seven refineries in the kingdom. Total local refining capacity stands at more than 3.1 million b/d.

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