The UAE's Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) said it would create the world’s largest integrated refining and petrochemicals complex as part of its Ruwais complex expansion programme, worth $44.9bn (AED165bn).
Under the huge expansion plan, the entire Abu Dhabi-based complex will be upgraded to boost production volumes.
Construction work to be carried out for the project includes building one of the world’s largest mixed feed crackers, which could increase production capacity by 300% from the current 43.5 metric tonnes per annum (MTPA) to 14.4mtpa by 2025.
A petrochemicals derivatives complex will be built on a 6km² plot adjacent – and integrated to – the Ruwais complex.
The Ruwais Derivatives Park will boost ADNOC's capacity to manufacture construction chemicals, detergents, and other substances.
Meanwhile, the 3.6km² Ruwais Conversion Park will also be built to manufacture packaging materials, coatings, and automotive composites.
The Ruwais plant's expansion will create more than 15,000 jobs and boost the UAE’s GDP by 1%, ADNOC said.
Plans are already at an advanced stage to increase Ruwais’ refining output by more 600,000 barrels per day within the next seven years.
ADNOC's expansion plan was unveiled at its Downstream Investment Forum 2018 on 13 May.
The UAE's Minister of State and ADNOC's group chief executive officer, HE Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, said the oil company's team planned to create a “powerful new downstream engine and springboard for growth” in the UAE.
He added: “The expansion plans for Ruwais will support Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s economic development and diversification, create high-skilled jobs, and enhance the country’s status as a globally attractive destination for energy investments.”
Details about the construction start of the mixed feed cracker, the Ruwais Derivatives Park, and the Ruwais Conversion Park are yet to be revealed by ADNOC.