Kuwait’s substantial Al-Zour refinery moves closer to start up
Sinopec’s Al-Zour refinery (also known as the ZOR project) has completed work on the central unit for this project, which will be the largest refinery in the Middle East. This facility is also designed to allow Kuwait to become the largest clean oil production country in the region once the refinery comes online in 2020.
Al-Zour will have the capacity to process 615,000 bpd of Kuwait light crude or 535,000 bpd of heavy mix crude from the country in order to make low sulfur fuel for domestic power demand and for a global market. This plant is designed to produce a variety of products such as diesel, jet fuel, kerosene, LPG, granulated sulfur, and naphtha for petrochemical feedstock provision.
This refinery is part of a larger complex design with a cost figure of $27 billion overall by Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (KIPIC) that will include an LNG import terminal and a petrochemical facility.
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From the April 2018 issue of Hydrocarbon Processing