Yanbu Refinery
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Summary Information

Brief Description

  • The refinery was built on 165 hectares in the industrial park, and is a hydro skimming facility mainly serving the domestic market.
  • SAMREF is the world’s largest single-train crude oil refinery
  • The refinery has an associated lubricant facility

Refining Units

  • Atmospheric Distillation
  • Catalytic Reforming Unit
  • Isomerisation - 15,000 bpd
  • Propane Deasphalting (PDA) Unit
  • Diesel Hydro-treating Complex
  • Naphtha Hydro-treating
  • Kerosene Hydro-treating
  • Sulfur Recovery Unit

Terminal Capacity

  • Crude Oil:
  • Refined Products:
  • Total: There are 74 tanks in the tank farm with a capacity of 12 million barrels

Crude Supply

  • Arabian crude oil is received from the Yanbu' Crude Oil Terminal

Products Produced

  • LPG, gasoline, jet fuel, diesel oil, Base Oil and fuel oil

Ongoing Projects

  • The lubricants plant is being expanded
  • KBR will provide technology licensing and basic engineering services to revamp and almost double the capacity of Luberef's existing Propane Deasphalting (PDA) Unit. The existing PDA unit, which is currently based on conventional SDA technology, will be converted to KBR's ROSE technology. In addition to increasing production volumes, the PDA revamp will allow Luberef to increase the production of brightstock and by-products
  • A clean fuels project is under way

Other Information

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  • 1983 - Refinery operations began
  • 1997 - Lubricant base oil complex established
  • 2002 - Foster Wheeler Awarded Contract for two hydrotreater and power cogeneration plant
  • 2005 - Diesel Hydro-treating Complex commissioned
  • 2007 - Isomerisation units completed
  • 2014 - Clean fuels project completed

Relevant Links

  1. Refinery Webpage
  2. Foster Wheeler Awarded Contract by Aramco Overseas Company
  3. Aramco to shut Yanbu refinery in Feb for maintenance
  4. KBR to Implement ROSE(R) Technology for Luberef Yanbu Refinery Revamp
  6. Jacobs Awarded Contract for Luberef Yanbu Refinery Expansion
  7. Saipem Isomerisation Units
  8. Chiyoda Crude Distillation Units
  9. Chiyoda Catalytic Reforming Units
  10. Chiyoda Naphtha And Middle Distillate Hydrodesulfurization U
  11. Chiyoda Sulfur Recovery Units
  12. Chiyoda H2S Removal Units With Amine
  13. Chiyoda Lubricating Oil Refining Units
  14. Saudi Aramco and ExxonMobil Joint Venture Completes Clean Fuels Project

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