You are currently viewing: News



22-10-2019

544 tons naphtha splitter successfully relocated to Ras Tanura

Ras Tanura Refinery Clean Fuels Project has placed its heaviest and largest piece of equipment — a naphtha splitter column weighing 544 tons.

It took approximately three hours to complete the lift of this 65-meter high column after six weeks of site preparation and crane positioning.

After six weeks of site preparation and crane positioning, it took only three hours to complete the lift of the 65-meter high column.

For the lift, a 1,600 ton main crane was utilized together with a tailing crane with a total nominal capacity of 600 tons.  The 8-meter-diameter column required extensive coordination during transportation. This included disconnecting several overhead power cables to allow for safe passage and modifying the Jubail-Dhahran highway to avoid bridges.
 
Three weeks from source to site
The total transport from Jubail to the project site at the refinery was alternated between day and night to minimize community disruptions. It took three weeks from source to site, with more than 10 stops along the way.
 
The column is the main feeder to the new world’s largest Continuous Catalytic Reforming (CCR) and Isomerization Units, with a total operating capacity of 90,000 and 65,000 barrels per day, respectively. The main function of the naphtha splitter column is to split the hydrotreated naphtha into light and heavy naphtha, which is a key function to the Naphtha Hydrotreating Unit, as it controls the benzene precursors, which are then sent to the Isomerization Unit.
 
The objective is to prepare the feeds to downstream units to meet the acceptable level of the impurities in the feed to the new CCR and Isomerization Units.
 
The splitter column has been awarded to a local manufacturing company in Jubail as part of the iktva program, which is targeting 70% localization by 2021. The complete manufacturing of the column took more than a year, achieving more than 2,500 safe working hours. 

The project will provide facilities to support Saudi Aramco’s corporate objective of effectively supplying diesel and gasoline products that comply with the future Saudi Aramco gasoline and diesel quality specifications, as per Euro-V fuels quality standards. The new naphtha complex plants that will be installed as part of the project at the refinery, are comprised of a 138 MBD naphtha hydrotreater, a 90 MBD CCR Unit, and a 65 MBD Isomerization Unit.

Sponsor : 

Other News Items

Digital Reliability: 24/7 Real-time Machinery Diagnostics

(WEBINAR) - Join Dynamics SPC where we will discuss our turnkey solution we call COMPACS. COMPACS monitors the health of your equipment in real-time. We’ve spent ...

25-02-2020

Fluor awarded contract for BPCLs Polyols petrochemicals project

Fluor Corporation announced today that it was awarded a project management consultancy services contract by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) for its Polyols ...

28-01-2020

Clariant refinery services opens state-of-the-art crude and fuel oil lab in the UK

Clariant Refinery Services, a global leader in developing additives for better fuel transportation, has opened a new state-of-the-art crude and fuel oil laboratory that ...

28-01-2020

McDermott to proceed with FEED phase of residue oil conversion project at Preem refinery

McDermott International, Inc. today announced it has been granted approval from Beowulf Energy LLC and Preem AB to commence the front-end engineering design (FEED) phase ...

27-01-2020

How Russia will ensure the growth of global methanol production by 2030

New and existing methanol projects in Russia and the CIS have become one of the topics in focus at the 6th Conference on Gas Monetisation, which will be held on April ...

23-01-2020

Another step closer to a world-leading methanol plant in Louisiana

Worley is delighted to continue its partnership with YCI Methanol One delivering plant commissioning and start-up services for their methanol plant development in Louisiana. YCI ...

23-01-2020

Ergon Refining announces March 2020 turnaround

Beginning March 5, 2020, Ergon's naphthenic refinery in Vicksburg, Mississippi, will undergo a planned turnaround. In addition to necessary maintenance and upkeep, Ergon ...

23-01-2020

European refineries are the least prepared as IMO 2020 regulations loom large

European refineries expect the largest impact from new IMO 2020 regulations, yet just 23% of these refineries are focussing on operational improvements targeting higher ...

21-01-2020

Wood cements position as strategic partner to Saudi Aramco

Wood has secured a two-year extension to its in-Kingdom and out-of Kingdom contracts with Saudi Aramco’s subsidiary, Aramco Overseas Company B.V. (AOC) for its ...

21-01-2020

Rosneft increases its share in Bayernoil refinery

Rosneft Deutschland GmbH, a subsidiary of PJSC Rosneft Oil Company, has completed the deal to acquire a 3.57% stake in Bayernoil Raffineriegesellschaft mbH from British ...

17-01-2020