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ADNOC Refining to build world’s largest refining and petrochemicals complex in Ruwais

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ADNOC Refining took a step closer to building the world’s largest integrated refining and petrochemicals complex, in Ruwais, when it awarded a Pre-Front End Engineering and Designing, Pre-FEED, contract to the Wood Group for the new refinery in Ruwais.

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The contract award is a key milestone as ADNOC accelerates delivery of its AED165 billion (US$45 billion) expansionary downstream strategy which will make ADNOC a leading global downstream player and enable it to increase the range and volume of high-value downstream products it sells.

The award is for a state-of-the-art refinery with a capacity of 600,000 barrels of crude oil per day. In keeping with modern design, the new refinery will be designed to have full conversion capability and allow integration with petrochemicals industries in Ruwais which is already the fourth largest single site refinery in the world.

Commenting on the new project, ADNOC Refining CEO Jasem Ali Al Sayegh, said, "Today marks a significant step towards fulfilling ADNOC’s strategy of developing the largest integrated refinery and petrochemicals complex in the world. We are delighted to partner with Wood and to have their global expertise available to us. This is a major milestone in the future growth plans of ADNOC Refining."

The award of the Pre-FEED contract is the second stage in a four-stage process to get to the beginning of construction. The previous stage was a feasibility study. The Pre-FEED is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

Today’s announcement follows last month’s signing of two strategic equity partnerships between ADNOC and Eni and OMV, covering both ADNOC Refining and a new trading joint venture, which will be jointly established by the three partners. Eni and OMV will acquire 20 percent and 15 percent shares in ADNOC Refining respectively, with ADNOC owning the remaining 65 percent.

Eni and OMV will also own 20 percent and 15 percent of the shares respectively of the trading joint venture. According to ADNOC, the transactions reflect the scale, quality and growth potential of ADNOC Refining’s assets, coupled with an advantageous location from which to supply markets in Africa, Asia and Europe.

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