Middle East Refinery Maintenance Shutdown Update: Kar Group Restarts Erbil Refinery in Iraq
Kar Group has restarted several units at its 100,000-barrel-per-day (BBL/d) Erbil refinery following an unplanned refinery shutdown, which began January 15 due to financial turmoil amid political strife.
The restarted units include the 10,000-BBL/d Crude Distillation Unit 1; 10,000-BBL/d Crude Distillation Unit 2; 20,000-BBL/d Crude Distillation Unit 3; 30,000-BBL/d Crude Distillation Unit 4; 30,000-BBL/d Crude Distillation Unit 5; 9,000-BBL/d Naphtha Hydrotreater Unit 1; 9,000-BBL/d Naphtha Hydrotreater Unit 2; 6,000-BBL/d Reformer 1; 6,000-BBL/d Reformer Unit 2; 2,500-BBL/d Isomerization Unit 1; 2,500-BBL/d Isomerization Unit 2; 2,500-BBL/d Kerosene Hydrotreater Unit; and 2,500-BBL/d Diesel Hydrotreater Unit. The units came online November 1.
Listed below are other recent Middle East refinery maintenance updates:
- In Syria, Homs Refinery Company restarted the 27,000-BBL/d Crude Distillation Unit 22; 40,000-BBL/d Crude Distillation Unit 100; 12,000-BBL/d Reformer Unit 500; 14,000-BBL/d Naphtha Reformer; 2,000-BBL/d Naphtha Reformer Unit 200; and 2,500-BBL/d Hydrocracker Gasoil Hydrotreater Unit 15 on December 12, 2016, at its 121,000-BBL/d Homs Refinery. The units incurred unplanned shutdowns on August 3 due to a sudden cut in crude supply. Separately, the restart of 34,000-BBL/d Crude Distillation Unit 21; 18,000-BBL/d Delayed Coking Unit 11; 2,500-BBL/d Heavy Coker Gas Oil Hydrotreater 15; and 18,000-BBL/d Coker Gas Oil Hydrotreater 14 is delayed due to unit damage. A tentative restart date is January 15, 2017.
- Aden Refinery Company’s 150,000-BBL/d Little Aden Refinery, Yemen, remains offline due to major technical issues in the power plant, as well as crude supply issues caused by continuing political unrest in the country. The refinery was forced to shut down on April 4, 2015, and was previously expected to restart by December 15, 2016. A new tentative restart date is December 31, 2016.
- In Egypt, Alexandria Petroleum Company (APC) has rescheduled a 30-day plant-wide planned turnaround at its 100,000-BBL/d Alexandria (El-Mex) Refinery. The shutdown is now scheduled to begin on February 15, 2017. The shutdown previously was scheduled to start December 14. The shutdown will include the 33,500-BBL/d Crude Distillation Unit II; 30,000-BBL/d Crude Distillation Unit III; 36,500-BBL/d Crude Distillation Unit IV; 2,000-BBL/d Light Naphtha Hydrotreater; 7,248-BBL/d Reformer; and 8,000-BBL/d Kerosene Hydrotreater Units.
- Back in Iraq, Midland Refinery Company continues with 30 days of planned maintenance at its 185,000-BBL/d Daurah Refinery. The maintenance event, which began December 10, includes the 25,000-BBL/d Old Crude Distillation Unit 1; 18,000-BBL/d Naphtha Hydrotreater Unit 2; and the 10,000-BBL/d Reformer 2. The units are expected to return to normal operations by January 9, 2017.
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