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Kuwait plans partial shutdown at Ahmadi refinery in November

Maintenance to be done on one of three crude plants and associated units at the facility.

Kuwait plans partial shutdown at Ahmadi refinery in November
KUWAIT REFINERY: The company is also planning an overhaul of an older crude unit at the Mina Abdulla refinery for 25 days in November. (Getty Images)

Kuwait is planning a partial shutdown at the Mina al Ahmadi refinery, its largest oil processing plant, for about one month starting in November to conduct work on a crude distillation unit, an official said.

Maintenance will be done on one of three crude plants and associated units at the 460,000 barrel-a-day facility, Mohammed Al-Ajmi, spokesman for the state-run refinery operator Kuwait National Petroleum Co., said by telephone on Wednesday from Mina al Ahmadi, south of the capital Kuwait City.

The company is also planning an overhaul of an older crude unit at the Mina Abdulla refinery for 25 days in November and a full closure of the Shuaiba complex for 45 days in March, Al- Ajmi said. Shuaiba is the oldest and smallest of Kuwait’s three plants with a 200,000 barrel-a-day processing capacity.

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AMERICAN IN KUWAIT 9 years ago

I was there at a meeting in 06 when I was told we won't do anything as we are shutting down in 2010 as the new refinery will be onstream them. At that time I said no way. Now all of the deferred maintenance has to be done quickly. How old is it ? At least 50 years !