Saudi Arabia’s Yanbu Refinery back online with cleaner fuel technology

refinery saudi-Grangernite flickrSaudi Aramco has restarted its Yanbu Refinery after two months of maintenance work intended to bring a new clean-fuel project online

The refinery, co-owned by ExxonMobil, is operated by Saudi Aramco Mobil Refinery Company (SAMREF) and will now have a full capacity of 400,000 bpd.

During the maintenance project, SAMREF boosted the reliability of the fluid catalytic cracker, which helps turn crude oil into petrol, and upgraded the refinery to produce cleaner fuels, Dow Jones reported.

The clean-fuels project is expected to reduce sulfur levels by more than 98 per cent in petrol in 2013 and in diesel by 2016.

Saudi Arabia is expanding its refining capacity to produce more petrol and diesel to meet rising domestic demand.

Saudi Aramco owns and operates four refineries serving the domestic market, with a combined refining capacity of one million bpd.



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