Global refinery crude distillation unit (CDU) capacity is expected to witness a growth of 14% over the next four years, potentially increasing from 107.4 million barrels per day (mmbd) in 2023 to 122.8mmbd in 2027.

Asia’s CDU capacity is expected to reach 45.8mmbd in 2027, the highest among all the regions globally. North America and the Middle East follow with 24.5mmbd and 14.9mmbd, respectively.

Among countries, China, India and Pakistan would be the top three countries globally for CDU capacity additions during the 2023 to 2027 outlook period. China is expected to add 3.0mmbd of CDU capacity by 2027, while India and Pakistan are expected to add 1.7mmbd and 1.6mmbd, respectively.

Newbuild and expansion refinery CDU capacity additions by key countries, 2023–2027 (mbd)

Global CDU capacity

Among upcoming newbuild refineries during the outlook period, Lagos I in Nigeria leads with the highest CDU capacity globally (650mbd), followed by Hambantota III in Sri Lanka (420mbd).

Further details of refinery CDU can be found in GlobalData’s new report, Refineries Capacity and Capital Expenditure (CapEx) Forecast by Region, Countries and Companies including details of New Build and Expansion (Announcements and Cancellations) Projects, 2023-2027