Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has shut half the capacity at its 800,000b/d Ruwais refinery after a fire broke out at an olefin conversion unit (OCU) in early-mid January, Reuters reported.
The company said in a tweet that the fire had been contained at one of its processing unit and there was no immediate danger to the population. ADNOC added that the facility world reopen within 48-hours of closure as the impact of the fire is marginally limited to propylene production, according to Arabian Business. Furthermore, the company revealed plans of initiate steps to counter any future incidents.
A sources stated that: “(ADNOC) is still exporting products and receiving feedstock,” adding that the company had plenty of oil product inventory and that the impact on supply would be limited to propylene. However, ADNOC has deferred at least two diesel cargoes which were expected to load from the refinery in January.
The refinery mainly processes ADNOC’s flagship Murban crude and the producer has been in talks with its crude customers in Asia to adjust their loadings in January to accommodate the refinery’s outage. As a result, ADNOC is requesting that buyers switch to loading Murban crude in January instead of Das or Upper Zakum.