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ENOC refinery expansion receives boost as second major contract signed

April 01, 2017

  • Rotary Engineering awarded construction contract for 12 storage tanks capacity 450,000 m3 designed to latest and highest industry standards
  • Part of US$1 billion expansion project to increase capacity by 50 per cent

Dubai, United Arab Emirates; April, 2017: ENOC Group signed an agreement with Rotary Engineering Fujairah FZE to construct 12 new storage tanks as part of its plans to expand the capacity of its Jebel Ali refinery by 50 per cent. This follows the announcement of the major EPC contractor signing in September last year for the design and construction of new processing units and ancillary units.

The expansion project comprises three separate packages at an estimated value of US$1billion and the expected date for commercial production is Q4 of 2019.

The 12 new tanks are designed to meet the latest and highest industry standards to help maintain high product quality throughout the refinery's logistics chain. The tanks are designed to store Jet fuel, Naphtha along with Gasoline blend stocks.

While Health, Safety and Environment (EHS) plays a crucial role for ENOC, the tanks will be equipped with their own safety features, designed to have dedicated firefighting systems which are integrated into the existing systems. The tanks will also be integrated into the port's logistics systems and connected to the marine export facilities on the terminal jetties to ensure faster transportation of stored petroleum products.

His Excellency Saif Humaid Al Falasi, Group CEO of ENOC, said: "The UAE's energy demand is growing at about 9 per cent a year while Dubai's population alone is expected to reach 3.3 million by 2021 from the current 2.5 million and then peak to 5.2 million by 2030. This represents a 24 per cent growth by 2021 which in turn means that Dubai's energy requirements will follow pace. As part of ENOC's commitment towards the UAE and Dubai's energy needs, we will continue to invest in key infrastructure projects to meet this constant growth."

"Our US$1 billion expansion project at the Jebel Ali refinery is a key part of the UAE's downstream strategy to be self-sufficient in domestic fuels, as well as expanding the slate of products on offer for export. The production capacity of our Jebel Ali refinery is 140,000 barrels per day helping to meet the requirements of local, regional and international markets. With expansion, we hope to achieve an increased capacity of 210,000 barrels per day. This will help us address the needs of the market and the wider industry, which has witnessed considerable changes in recent times."

The second package of the expansion will also see the construction of a 31,000 square foot warehouse.

Mr Roger Chia Kim Piow, Chairman and Managing Director of Rotary Engineering Limited commented, "Rotary is proud to be chosen by the ENOC Group to participate in its milestone project. Over the years, Rotary has forged a reputation built on providing quality services that consistently meet our clients' needs and expectations through excellence in our operations. Our work with ENOC once again testifies to our ability to deliver projects of the highest standards. Rotary looks forward to working closely with the ENOC team to successfully executing a world-class project."

ENOC's refinery has been continuously expanding and improving its production to cater for the ever-growing needs of the local and international markets. It was first commissioned in 1999, starting with two condensate distillation units with a name plate capacity of 60,000 barrels per day each, four MEROX units, and storage capacity of 1.28million cubic meters.

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