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Abu Dhabi completes Ruwais refinery maintenance

The 400,000 barrel-a-day Ruwais refinery is set to return to full capacity within a week

Abu Dhabi completes Ruwais refinery maintenance
The refiner, known as Takreer, began performing planned maintenance in mid-October (Getty Images - for illustrative purposes only)

Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Co is
restarting units at its Ruwais facility after completing maintenance
work on its gasoline plant and a processing line for condensate, two
people familiar with the operations said.

The 400,000
barrel-a-day Ruwais refinery is set to return to full capacity within a
week, said the people, who weren’t authorized to speak about the
plant’s operations. A spokesman for the state-run crude processer
wasn’t immediately available for comment.

The refiner,
known as Takreer, began performing planned maintenance in mid-October
on one of two 140,000 barrel-a-day trains, or units, that process
condensate, a light liquid found with natural gas. Takreer began
maintenance work at the same time on all units that produce gasoline,
the people said.

Abu Dhabi, the
largest of seven sheikhdoms comprising the United Arab Emirates, holds
most of the country’s 97.8 billion barrels in oil reserves, the world’s
sixth largest, according to statistics from BP Plc. Like other Persian
Gulf countries, the U.A.E. wants to boost refining capacity as its
growing economy requires more fuel.

Takreer will
shut the Ruwais refinery’s second condensate train for maintenance for
a month starting in mid-January, said one of the people familiar with
the work schedule. Planning has already started for that shutdown, the
person said.

The company
expects to add 417,000 barrels a day of crude- processing capacity, and
double its potential gasoline production, by 2014.

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