|17 November, 2016

Yasref Refinery set for shutdown for inspection

Yasref refinery will be back to full operation and capacity by mid-December.

17 November 2016

Yasref announced it will be undergoing a planned, interim shutdown of its process units for initial inspection and catalyst change during the months of November and December 2016.

This scheduled work is part of the company’s maintenance strategy and operating philosophy. The refinery will be back to full operation and capacity by mid-December. And, this planned shutdown will not affect the supply of refined products to local and international markets. Safety is a key value for Yasref, and the turnaround work will abide by the highest safety procedures, processes and precautions.

Established on Jan. 14, 2012, Yasref is a joint venture between Saudi Aramco, which holds a 62.5% share, and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec), which holds a 37.5% share.

Yasref represents both companies› focus on driving downstream growth across the entire hydrocarbon chain. Yasref operates a 400,000 bpd integrated petroleum refinery in Yanbu Industrial City, Saudi Arabia on the banks of the Red Sea.

The refinery processes low cost Arabian Heavy crude oil (or alternative grade crude) and produces high quality ultra low sulfur diesel and gasoline as well as benzene, sulfur and petcoke as by-products for export.

© The Saudi Gazette 2016

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