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Adnoc to set up Alkylbenzene facility in Ruwais

The project to be taken up with Spanish energy firm Cepsa

Gulf News

Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) would be setting up a Linear Alkylbenzene (LAB) facility in Ruwais as part of its strategy to significantly enhance and expand its refining operations and capabilities to support its downstream plans.

The project will be taken up with Spanish energy company Cepsa, Adnoc said in a statement on Monday.

“The development of a new LAB facility will enable the emergence of a surfactants cluster in our new Ruwais Derivatives and Conversion Parks, diversifying the number and type of industries being developed there, leading to the creation of an expanded and advanced petrochemicals ecosystem in the UAE,” stated Abdul Aziz Al Hajri, downstream director at Adnoc.

The facility is expected to have a production capacity of 150,000 tonnes per year of LAB upon completion and will be fully integrated within the Adnoc Refining complex in Ruwais, taking feedstocks of kerosene and benzene and benefiting from the suite of utilities and services of the Ruwais complex.

The development comes as Adnoc outlined a Dh165 billion ($45 billion) investment programme that will see the Ruwais Industrial Complex upgraded to significantly increase its flexibility and integrated capabilities to produce greater volumes of higher-value refined and petrochemical products.