Saudi Arabian Oil operates the Ras Tanura cracking refinery, which is located in Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia. According to GlobalData, who tracks and profiles more than 1,400 refineries worldwide, it is a non integrated cracking owned by Saudi Arabian Oil. The refinery started operations in 1945 and has a Nelson Complexity Index (NCI) of 4.6. Buy the profile here.

Key refinery processes

Crude Distillation Unit (mbd): 325
Condensate Splitter (mbd): 225
Vacuum Distillation (mbd): 140
Catalytic Cracker (mbd): 70
Hydrocracker (mbd): 50
Reformer (mbd): 197
Hydrotreater (mbd): 293
Isomerization (mbd): 65

The capacity of the Ras Tanura refinery is expected to remain the same as 550mbd by 2030.

Maintenance activities at Ras Tanura cracking refinery

The Ras Tanura refinery cracking witnessed five incidents during the period 2017-2022.

Upcoming expansion project at Ras Tanura cracking refinery

Condensate Splitter

About Saudi Arabian Oil

Saudi Arabian Oil Co (Saudi Aramco) is a state-owned energy and chemical company. It carries out the exploration, production and processing of crude oil and natural gas, refining, fractionation of natural gas, production of petrochemicals, and distribution of petroleum products and natural gas. The company operates wholly-owned domestic refineries and has interests in joint venture refineries with international partners. Saudi Aramco operates through a network of pipelines, bulk plants, air refueling sites and terminals. The company also operates power plants and associated transmission and distribution facilities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The company has subsidiaries and joint ventures across the Americas, Europe and other regions. Saudi Aramco is headquartered in Dhahran, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia.

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