KNPC set to double refining capacity
Kuwait, May 14, 2014
Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC), one of the world’s foremost refineries, is preparing to more than double its refining capacity, said senior officials ahead of a key industry summit.
The second Kuwait Downstream Technology Summit is scheduled to take place from June 1 to 4 at J W Marriott hotel in Kuwait.
The summit will provide focus on critical topics such as improving plant performance and operations, implementing efficient plant upgrades, selecting the best catalyst and cracking technology, assessing and improving feed quality, and enhancing HSE in refining and petrochemical facilities, said the event organisers.
KNPC officials said that after building the new refinery in Al Zour area and expanding its current Mina Abdullah and Mina Al Ahmadi refinery, the company will have a refining capacity of 1.4 million barrels per day.
The refined products will be low sulfur fuels, which will enhance the competitiveness of Kuwait’s petroleum products in the global market. Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC), on the other hand, plans to integrate its new Oleyfins III plant with KNPC’s new refinery project in Al Zour.
The need to upgrade, expand and integrate plants, in order to increase production at reduced costs, has compelled leading figures in the region’s downstream industry to assemble at the Kuwait Downstream Technology Summit, the organisers added.
“The increase in demand for fuels had led businesses to seek strategies that can help in cost reduction and increase stakeholder value. Automating the business flows and eliminating non value adding human intervention is an approach that can help in improved operations,” remarked Naser Aldalk, the section head of Operations at KNPC’s Mina Abdullah Refinery.
During the conference, Naser will present KNPC’s approach towards business process automation and the benefits derived.
Commenting on the complications caused by changes in feedstock infrastructure, Fuad Mosa, the general manager of Technology Saudi & Emerging Economies at Sabic, said: “The type and quality of feedstock utilised by the industry has changed over time and the current development of feedstock can affect petrochemical development globally and in our region.”
Fuad, who will chair the four-day event, will deliver a presentation on feedstock development with relation to basic chemicals production technology.
Interactive workshops will also take place alongside the conference. In the pre-conference workshop, entitled “Selecting an appropriate catalyst technology for your refining operations,” Dr Abbas Ezzat will cover the process of selecting the best catalyst for reducing sulfur content and identifying techniques to enhance the life-cycle of the catalyst.
The post-conference workshop on Lean and Six Sigma will be led by Amitabh Saxena, the CEO of Anexas Group who will draw from his 24 years of experience related to process excellence and will provide yellow belt certification for all attendees.
This bi-annual summit is organised by IQPC Dubai and will see strong participation from refinery and petrochemical companies in the region. Participating companies include, KNPC, OAPEC, Takreer, Equate Petrochemical Company, Borouge, Saudi Aramco and Enoc.-TradeArabia News Service