Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Co. (KIPIC) has announced that the mega Al-Zour refinery is now fully operational.
This marks the completion of the third mini refinery within the Al-Zour complex, which will gradually increase the facility’s refining capacity from 410,000 barrels a day to 615,000 barrels a day, as KIPIC CEO Waleed Al-Bader stated in a press release.
The Al-Zour refinery was temporarily shut down last month due to a fuel gas feed being cut off. The delay in reaching full operation was caused by an issue with one of the units. However, with the issue resolved, the refinery is now fully operational and ready to contribute to Kuwait’s oil-processing capabilities.
Al-Zour, which is one of the biggest oil-processing facilities in the Middle East, will boost the nation’s refining capacity to about 1.5 million barrels a day.
Notably, the refinery aims to utilize Kuwait Heavy Crude (KHC) and other types of crude to supply the power stations with clean fuels (less than 1% of sulphur content).