ADNOC Refinery, a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), has sent its first ever calcined coke shipment to China, Zawya reports.

The United Arab of Emirate (UAE)’s first ever calcined coke, which was produced by ADNOC commissioned multi-billion-dollar Carbon Black and Delayed Coker Unit, is currently on its way to China. The 10,500 tons-shipment of calcined coke is to be delivered by the end of April.

The shipment represents a major milestone to ADNOC as it attempts to reduce high-sulphur fuel oil production, placing the company as a world-class producer, supplier and trader of refined and petrochemical product.

Jasem Al Sayegh, CEO of ADNOC Refining, said: “This milestone represents a significant step towards being a refining business capable of producing ‘zero-fuel oil’. ADNOC will continue to invest in an effort to broaden our product offering amidst evolving market conditions, ensuring we reduce our environmental footprint and maintain IMO-compliance leading up to 2020 and beyond.”

ADNOC’s downstream operations will boost the company’s refining capacity by more than 65%, or 600,000 barrels per day (bpd), by 2025.