Dubai condensate refinery upgrade advances

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Dec. 20 -- GE Oil & Gas will supply eight compressors and a steam turbine power generation set for an upgrade of Emirates National Oil Co.'s 120,000-b/d condensate refinery at Jebel Ali, Dubai.

Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd. is the engineering, procurement, and construction contractor for the addition of a 36,000-b/sd crude catalytic reformer and a 70,000-b/sd LPG-naphtha hydrotreater.

The project will convert the existing naphtha product to low-sulfur petrochemical naphtha, add a 102 RON reformate stream, and enable the refinery to operate at full capacity on sour condensate. Other new products are LPG, butane, and sulfur.

The generator to be supplied under the GE contract will use steam from the refinery. The compressors—five centrifugal and three reciprocating, all driven by electric motors—are for the new hydrotreater and reformer.

The project is scheduled for completion by yearend 2007.

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