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SASREF Inaugurates Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel Unit

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 3/13/2010, Location: Middle East

Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery Co. (SASREF) inaugurated an Ultra - Low Sulfur Diesel unit at its Jubail refinery. The inauguration ceremony was attended by Saudi Aramco President and CEO, Khalid A. Al-Falih, Saudi Aramco Senior Vice President for Operations Services, SASREF Chairman, Abdulrahman F. Al-Wuhaib, Saudi Aramco Senior Vice President for Refining, Marketing & International, Khalid G. Al-Buainain and Shell International Downstream Executive Director, Mark Williams.

SASREF President, Abdulhakim Al-Gouhi said the Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel Unit has started commercial production of around 100,000 barrels per day of diesel with less than 10 parts-per-million sulfur.

The start of the Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel Unit reinforces our strategy to keep pace with future trends and comply with environmental and marketing requirements which will help SASREF to maintain its competitiveness as one of the leading refineries in the Middle East and Asia, Al-Gouhi added.

The new unit will reduce sulfur emissions for a cleaner environment and it also meets the high-standard diesel specifications in Europe, he added.

SASREF is a joint venture export refinery owned 50 50 by Saudi Aramco and Shell. It operates a 305,000-bpd refinery in the industrial city of Jubail on the Arabian Gulf and its main products are Chemical Feed Naphtha, Dual Purpose Kerosene, Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel, Fuel Oil and LPG with the main export destination to Asia.

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