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October 27, 2021updated 26 Jul 2022 7:32am

Ras Tanura Refinery, Saudi Arabia

By Carmen

Saudi Arabian Oil operates the Ras Tanura refinery, which is located in Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia. It is a non integrated refinery owned by Saudi Arabian Oil. The refinery, which started operations in 1945, has an NCI of 4.6.

Key processes of the refinery

Crude Distillation Unit (mbd): 325
Condensate Splitter (mbd): 225
Vacuum Distillation (mbd): 20
Catalytic Cracker (mbd): 70
Hydrocracker (mbd): 50
Reformer (mbd): 107
Hydrotreater (mbd): 155

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

During the period 2021-2025, the Ras Tanura refinery is expected to witness an estimated capex of $1,170m.

Maintenance activities at Ras Tanura refinery

The Ras Tanura refinery witnessed four incidents during the period 2015-2020.

Upcoming expansion projects at Ras Tanura refinery

CCR, Naphtha Hydrotreater, Other Isomerization, Condensate Splitter

Contractors involved in the refinery

Some of the key contractors for the upcoming projects at the Ras Tanura refinery include the following.

Main EPC: Tecnicas Reunidas.

EPC: Chicago Bridge & Iron, Nesma Holding.

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.


Information on the refinery is sourced from GlobalData’s refinery database that provides detailed information on all active and upcoming, crude oil refineries and heavy oil upgraders globally. Not all companies mentioned in the article may be currently existing due to their merger or acquisition or business closure.

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