Bapco output soars to 96.3m barrels
Manama, February 2, 2014
Bapco's refinery processed 96.3 million barrels of crude last year, an increase of 9.6 per cent over the previous year, it was announced yesterday.
Bapco chairman and acting chief executive Adel Khalil Almoayyed said refining activities were once again the focus of performance optimisation efforts, with a number of notable results last year, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
"In January last year, the refinery processed 271,807 bpd, the highest record in its history. The Sitra facility processed an average of 263,829 bpd of crude sourced both domestically as well as imported from Saudi Arabia," he stated.
"This compares favourably with the budgeted crude run of 254,407 bpd, an increase of 9.6 per cent or additional 3.4 million barrels of crude processed last year," observed Almoayyed.
"This excellent performance was a result of high on-stream factor for the crude units and the dedication of the operations, maintenance and support staff in ensuring trouble-free operations," he remarked.
"In addition, the record was achieved due to the early start-up of crude units subjected to planned turnaround and inspections (T&I), which is a testament to world-class performance in completing the T&I in the shortest possible time," he said.
"Plant upgrades were initiated during the year, led by the commissioning of two new steam turbo-generators (STG) to replace four unreliable units in a project recognised by the MEED Quality Awards for Projects.
"The Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) was also successfully commissioned and inaugurated last year," he said.
Almoayyed hailed Bapco's success in completing planned work last year including T&I on number five crude distillation unit (CDU) and the fluid catalytic cracking unit (FCCU), the latter completed in less than 33 days, a company record time for a full FCCU T&I.
He thanked all employees for their compliance in achieving the aspired goals through excellent RRC records.
"Last year a maximum number of 142 days was achieved before the RRC was reset, with 90-day targets reached on March 24 and on November 28 for a number of days the refinery remains on line without any unplanned core unit shutdown for more than 24 hours," he added.
"We take pride in last year's achievements which reflect our commitment in fostering our operational excellence, and we look forward with strength and confidence to surpassing our past achievements and milestones, in our bid to continue being a top recognised oil refinery in the coming years," Almoayyed said.-TradeArabia News Service