UAE Refinery Oil Processing Capacity to Double by 2014

The expansion of naphtha in the UAE will more than double the refinery’s oil processing capacity to 817,000bpd from 400,000bpd by 2014, a new report has found.

According to United Arab Emirates Petrochemicals Report Q3 2010, Abu Dhabi will have more than 900,000bpd of total refining capacity by this date.

The increase in naphtha and oil processing capacity will increase Abu Dhabi’s naphtha surplus by 50%, half of which will be dedicated to the planned Chemaweyaat complex, located in Khalifa Industrial Zone at Taweelah.

Chemaweyaat complex, which is expected to start production in 2015, will include an olefins plant, an aromatics complex and a range of downstream polymer and chemical units.

The second phase of the Borouge complex at Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, is also expected to open in Q310, which will produce 800,000tpa of propylene, increase ethylene capacity from 600,000tpa to 2mn tpa and increase polyolefin production capacity to 2mn tpa.

The third stage of expansion, Borouge 3, will produce 1.43mn tpa PE and 900,000tpa PP.