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Fri 1 Sep 2006 04:00 AM

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Kuwait examines increase output of aviation fuel

Kuwait carried out trial runs for a new kerosene treatment unit at its Mina Abdullah refinery late last month, according to Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC).

A spokesman for the firm said the treatment at the ATK-Merox unit has a capacity of 20,000 barrels per day (bpd), but did not say when it would be fully operational.

He said the project would increase production of aviation kerosene, but did not provide any figures.

Mina Abdullah is the second largest of three refineries in Opec-producer Kuwait, which has a total refining capacity of up to 930,000 bpd.

KNPC said it has tentatively re-opened its kerosene treatment facility at Mina Abdullah for operation.The objective behind re-opening this facility would be to improve the production of kerosene of the kind that could be easily converted to aircraft fuel (ITK).

This will increase KNPC’s bottom line revenues, said the company’s public relations director, Muhammad al-Ajmi.

Once fully operational at normal pace, the kerosene treatment facility will have a daily production capacity of 20,000 barrels of fuel, said al-Ajmi, indicating that it took KNPC intensive efforts to bring about the re-opening of the treatment unit, in conjunction with valuable assistance from officials at the port of Mina Abdullah.

Upgrading the treatment facility and re-opening it on schedule, he concluded, fell within company plans to improve product quality at all three of its refinery operations in consort with overreaching policies that set the tone for KNPC products to be major players in world energy markets.

* IATA has warned airlines to adapt to high oil prices or consider alternative other innovations to regain profitability.

Despite a 6.7% growth in passenger traffic in the first half of 2006, airlines are still struggling for financial prosperity despite having achieved growing revenues and better load factors in the first half of the year, IATA said in a statement.

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