July 14, 2006 at 12:32 pm #4177
BEIJING, July 10 (Reuters) – Khartoum refinery, the only oil plant in Sudan, has completed expansion to 100,000 barrels per day (bpd), set to boost fuel supply to the African state and allow for more exports, said CNPC, a joint-owner of the facility.
China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC), a leading energy investor in Sudan and parent of Asia’s top oil and gas firm PetroChina , owns 50 percent of the refinery which it builds and operates. The Sudanese government holds the rest.
A 400,000 tonne-per-year (tpy) reforming unit, which yields mainly gasoline, produced its first quality product on June 30, marking the successful completion of the $341 million expansion project, CNPC said on Monday on its Web site http://www.cnpc.com.cn.
The upgrading, which doubled the plant’s capacity, also included a 1 million-tpy delayed coking facility, a unit that processes heavy residue oil into light transportation fuels.
The unit had a smooth start-up in May, the report said.
The expanded plant would boost Sudan’s diesel supply significantly and allows for half of the gasoline output for exports, it said.
July 14, 2006 at 12:34 pm #7574
Confirmation that the Khartom refinery coker is operating (was one of the 2005 holdovers on Pace Global new coker addition list) – the 1 mm tpy mentioned in news item refers to coker charge (~20 MBD) not petcoke production. The plans, after completing Phase I expansion, are to also install a cogen completing by 2007.
The coker construction completed in first quarter of 2005 and it was originally expected to be online before 2006, but confirmation was not available. The refinery took its scheduled 2 year maintenance shutdown in August 2005 and competed most of the expansion before the end of the year. The new reforming unit has just been completed and made its first product in June 2006.
The expansion of the refinery from 70 MBD to 100 MBD allows it to shift from domestic Nile Blend crude a medium heavy sweet crude to process the new high acid Dar Blend crude.
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