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Abu Dhabi said to start maintenance at Ruwais condensate unit

The unit at the Ruwais facility will be out of service for about 30 days

Abu Dhabi said to start maintenance at Ruwais condensate unit
UAE wants to boost refining capacity as its growing economy requires more fuel

Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Co started maintenance on a condensate unit at its Ruwais facility on January 15 as scheduled, two people familiar with the work plan said.

The unit at the 400,000 barrel-a-day refinery will be out of service for about 30 days, the people said on Monday, declining to be identified because they aren’t authorized to speak about maintenance programs. A person who answered a call that Bloomberg made to the Abu Dhabi-based company during business hours said Khaled al Marzouqi, a spokesman, wasn’t available to comment because he had left the office.

Takreer, as the company is known, performed an earlier round of planned maintenance in mid-October on one of two 140,000 barrel-a-day condensate trains. Takreer also did work on a gasoline unit at that time.

Abu Dhabi, the largest of seven sheikhdoms comprising the UAE, holds most of the country’s 97.8 billion barrels in oil reserves, according to statistics from BP. Like other Arabian Gulf countries, the UAE wants to boost refining capacity as its growing economy requires more fuel.

Takreer expects to add 417,000 barrels a day of crude processing capacity and to double its potential gasoline production by 2014. Condensate is a light crude found with natural gas.

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