Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (Takreer) now expects the $10bn expansion of its Ruwais oil refinery to be commissioned by the end of the year, pushing back the start-up date from an original target of the first quarter of 2014.

Takreer is doubling the capacity of the refinery, located in the west of Abu Dhabi emirate, to 817,000 barrels a day (b/d) from the existing 400,000 b/d.

“Commissioning has started and will be completed by the end of this year,” Takreer CEO Jasem al-Sayegh told reporters at a conference in Abu Dhabi.

The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts for the megaproject were largely awarded in 2009.

The refinery expansion will meet increasing domestic demand for refined products such as gasoline and jet fuel, including the supply of naphtha to feed the Tacaamol aromatics complex planned in Ruwais.

Abu Dhabi is planning to build a new refinery in the eastern emirate of Fujairah. However, this has been delayed at the EPC bid stage.