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SATORP Jubail Export Refinery Project, Jubail, Saudi Arabia




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Saudi Aramco and Total are building a $9.6bn export refinery in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. The project is being executed by Saudi Aramco Total Refining and Petrochemical Company (SATORP), a joint venture established by the two companies under an agreement signed in June 2008. Saudi Aramco owns 62.5% in SATORP while the remaining 37.5% is owned by Total.

The new refinery will treat 400,000 barrels a day of heavy crude oil to produce diesel and jet fuel.

It will also produce 700,000t of paraxylene, 140,000t of benzene and 200,000t of propylene per year. Its construction is scheduled for completion in the second half of 2013.

The SATORP project has received financing commitments worth $13.5bn from local and international banks.

Approximately $8.5bn in project finance was secured from various sources including the public investment fund, export credit agencies and commercial financial institutions.

The plant will be one of the most advanced in the world, manufacturing products that conform to global standards. It will generate 1,200 direct jobs and another six indirect jobs.

Export refinery facilities

"Saudi Aramco owns 62.5% in SATORP while the remaining 37.5% is owned by Total."

The rSATORP efinery will have facilities for the processing and intermediate storage of crude.

The King Fahd Industrial Port will provide marine facilities for berthing the ships and tankers that carry feedstock and products to and from the refinery.

The refinery will be linked to export facilities by a 25km corridor containing interconnecting pipelines and a coke conveyor system.

SATORP refinery construction and infrastructure

The refinery will cover an area of 1,200 acres with a total built up area of 70,000m². It will feature distillation and hydrotreating units, conversion units, sulphur / amine units, aromatics unit, plant and auxiliary utilities, a tank farm, pipeline and offsites, and a port tank farm.

The aromatics unit will use technology supplied by Axens. UOP is providing technology for the coker unit.

Construction of the refinery was divided into 13 packages. Package one includes the distillation and hydrotreating units. Package two includes the conversion unit and sulphur / amine units.

The aromatics unit forms package three and the coker unit is part of package four.

Package five was divided into three parts, A, B and C, and includes construction of various utilities.

The tank farm of the refinery forms package six. Construction of a permanent infrastructure at the plant is part of package seven. Pipelines and offsites will be built under package eight.

"The refinery will have a total built-up area of 70,000m²."

Package nine includes the construction of the port tank farm and package ten involves installation of a permanent communication system at the plant.

Construction works at the site started in the last quarter of 2010. Nearly 30,000 personnel are involved in construction of the refinery during peak activity.

Various components of the refinery are being manufactured across the world by contractors. In February 2011, five reactors that were part of package two arrived at the site. The 31.3m-long reactors have a diameter of 8m and weigh more than 1,000t.

The first unit of the refinery is expected to be operational by December 2012 after which the other units will be commissioned.

Contractors for the SATORP refinery

In June 2009, SATORP awarded the engineering, procurement and construction contracts for all 13 packages.

Package one was awarded to Spain's Tecnicas Reunidas. Package two was awarded to Technip Italy and Daelim Industrial. Samsung Engineering won the contract for package three.

Package four is being executed by Chiyoda Petrostar and Samsung Engineering.

The contract for package five A was awarded to Technip, package five B to SK E&C and package five C to MR Al-Khathhlan. Rotary Engineering and Petrol Steel Company won the contract for package six.

Al-Osais is responsible for package seven and GCC for package eight.

Package nine was contracted to Dayim and Punj Lloyd. Sumitomo is responsible for package ten.

SATORP supply contracts

Elliott Company, a subsidiary of Japan's Ebara Corporation, was awarded the contract to supply all 17 compressor trains for the SATORP refinery.

Technip subcontracted OMB Valves to supply its on-off ball valves for the project. Abdul-Rahman M Al-Shalawi Est won the contract to build the temporary facilities at the site.

ASCO Numatics will supply valves for the project. KOBE Steel manufactured the reactors for package two.

Elliott will supply all 17 compressor trains for the SATORP refinery."

Petrol Steel Company subcontracted AYTB to manufacture and supply pipe spools and piping systems for the plant.

In August 2011, Invensys Operations Management was contracted to supply an integrated refinery information system for the plant.

Invensys will work in collaboration with Wipro Arabia to provide its InFusion enterprise control system solution.

Hunan Sinoboom Heavy Industry's GTBZ30 telescopic booms are being used to carry out construction activities at the refinery. More models are expected to arrive at the site in the next few months. Negotiations for procuring these machines are ongoing.

The $9.6bn SATORP refinery is being built by Saudi Aramco and Total in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
The new refinery will treat 400,000 barrels a day of heavy crude oil to produce diesel and jet fuel.
It will also produce 700,000t of paraxylene, 140,000t of benzene and 200,000t of propylene annually.
The project has received financing commitments worth $13.5bn from local and international banks.
The SATORP plant will be one of the most advanced in the world, manufacturing products that conform to global standards.
The SATORP project will generate 1,200 jobs.