Sumitomo JV Refinery Having RFCC Problems

DUBAI - Saudi-based Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Co (PetroRabigh) is facing problems at its new gasoline-making residual fluid catalytic cracking (RFCC) unit, traders said 
on Friday.

By Reuters

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Published: Sat 25 Jul 2009, 11:43 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 10:30 PM

Because of this, Saudi Aramco will need to continue importing two or three cargoes per month of gasoline into the Red Sea region until September, when they hope gasoline production will start to increase at PetroRabigh, traders said.

They will only need to import limited amounts during the fourth quarter, they added.

PetroRabigh, a $10.3 billion joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Japan’s Sumitomo Chemical, said on Wednesday it had shipped its first gasoline cargo to a Saudi city.

The refinery, initially designed to be export-oriented, sent the shipment of 320,000 barrels of high-octane gasoline to the southern city of Jizan, it said in a statement.

PetroRabigh, which started partial operation of its facilities in fourth-quarter 2008, has the capacity to produce up to 60,000 barrels per day (bpd) of high octane gasoline that will be converted from fuel oil.

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