The refinery, jointly owned by Saudi Aramco and China Petrochemical Corporation, will have a capacity of 400,000 barrels a day.
|Yanbu Export Refinery Project Profile|
|Owner||Yanbu Aramco Sinopec Refining Company|
|SK Engineering & Construction|
|Engineering for the Petroleum & Process Industries|
|Mohammad al-Mojil Group|
|Saudi Services for Electro-Mechanical Works|
|Abdulrahman M al-Shalawi Est|
|Rajeh H al-Marri & Sons Company|
|Main contract award||2010|
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Yanbu Aramco Sinopec Refining Company (Yasref) is a joint venture of Saudi Aramco and China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec) to develop a 400,000 barrel-a-day (b/d) refinery in Yanbu Industrial City, located on the Saudi Arabian coast of the Red Sea.
Developed as a build-own-operate (BOO) project, feedstock for the refinery is Arabian crude, which will be used to produce clean transportation fuels for international and domestic markets, as well as high-value refined products. Final products will be for markets in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and the US.
The development has been planned since 2006, when Saudi Aramco and the US ConocoPhillips agreed to conduct a detailed evaluation. However, ConocoPhillips subsequently pulled out in April 2010. Aramco decided the project still made commercial sense, reserved the right to use ConocoPhillips technology, and pushed ahead with the scheme. There were growing concerns about the cost of the project and in January 2012, Aramco signed a deal with Sinopec to develop the facility. Under the agreement, Aramco holds 62.5 per cent of the company, with Sinopec taking a 37.5 per cent stake.
The scheme was originally scheduled for completion in June 2014, with a view to be operational by September and commercial shipments starting from the fourth quarter of 2014. However, ConocoPhillips decision to pull out could delay the project, although Aramco still has a date of September 2014 for commercial operations to begin.
Technology at the plant will be licensed from ConocoPhillips and US firms Chevron Lummus Global (CLG) and Honeywell subsidiary UOP.
In August 2009, Italys Bonatti and the US KBR won the engineering and procurement contract for utilities and water-treatment plants, in a deal worth $1.5bn. KBR also awarded the front-end engineering and design (feed) on the refinery.
In 2010, South Koreas Daelim was awarded the $2.5bn contract for the gasoline block at the refinery and the $1.5bn contract to build the 124,000 b/d hydrocracker, using CLG technology. Both were scheduled for completion in the first half of 2014.
|Unit||Main contractor||Contract value ($m)|
|Offsite & Utilities||Bonatti; KBR||1,500|
|Coker Block||Tecnicas Reunidas||770|
|Crude Block||SK Engineering & Construction||572|
|Hydrogen Production Unit||Air Liquide||450|
|Storage Tanks||Engineering for the Petroleum & Process Industries||400|
|Offsite & Utilities: Interconnecting System||Mohammad al-Mojil Group||216|
|Offsite Pipelines||Punj Lloyd||100|
|Substations||Saudi Services for Electro-Mechanical Works||100|
|Site Preparation||Abdulrahman M al-Shalawi Est||66|
|Relocation of NGL Pipeline||Rajeh H al-Marri & Sons Company||50|
|Source: MEED Projects|
According to Saudi Aramco, the project scope is as follows:
- Crude Distillation Unit (400,000 b/d)
- CLG Hydrocracker (124,000 b/d)
- UOP Diesel Hydrotreater (177,000 b/d)
- UOP Naphtha Hydrotreater (85,000 b/d)
- UOP Continuous Catalytic Reformer (84,000 b/d)
- UOP Isomerisation Unit (20,000 b/d)
- Benzene Extraction Unit (20,000 b/d)
- ConocoPhillips Delayed Coker Unit (117,000 b/d)
- Hydrogen Generation Unit (262 million cubic feet a day)
- Sulfur Recovery Units (3,400 tonnes a day) (t/d)
Refined products will include:
- Diesel (263,000 b/d)
- Gasoline (90,000 b/d)
- Petroleum Coke (6,200 t/d)
- Pelletised Sulphur (1,200 t/d)
- Benzene (140,000 t/d)
(Source: Saudi Aramco)
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