JUBAIL: Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery Co. (SASREF) on Saturday inaugurated an ultra-low sulfur diesel unit at its Jubail refinery. Saudi Aramco President and CEO Khalid A. Al-Falih, Saudi Aramco Senior Vice President for Operations Services and SASREF Chairman Abdulrahman F. Al-Wuhaib, Saudi Aramco Senior Vice President for Refining, Marketing & International Khalid G. Al-Buainain and Shell International Downstream Executive Director Mark Williams attended the opening ceremony.
SASREF President Abdulhakim Al-Gouhi said the new unit had started commercial production of around 100,000 barrels per day of diesel with less than 10 parts-per-million sulfur. “The start of the unit reinforces our strategy to keep pace with future trends and comply with environmental and marketing requirements which will help SASREF to maintain its competitiveness as one of the leading refineries in the Middle East and Asia,” he added. The new unit will reduce sulfur emissions for a cleaner environment and it also meets the high-standard diesel specifications in Europe, he added.
SASREF is a joint venture export refinery owned 50:50 by Saudi Aramco and Shell. It operates a 305,000-bpd refinery in the industrial city of Jubail on the Arabian Gulf and its main products are chemical feed naphtha, dual purpose kerosene, ultra low sulfur diesel, fuel oil and LPG with the main export destination to Asia.