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UAE launches USD 45 bn investment to boost refineries

AFP  |  Abu Dhabi 

National Co. today announced a USD 45-billion investment to modify an existing facility into one of the world's largest integrated refining and petrochemicals plants.

The project aims to boost ADNOC's refining capacity by 65 percent to 1.5 million barrels per day by 2025, the state-owned firm's told a downstream investment forum.

The work will upgrade the refining and petrochemicals plant at Ruwais in partnership with international energy firms, he said.

ADNOC also plans to treble petrochemicals output at Ruwais from the current 4.5 million tonnes per year to 14.5 million tonnes a year, he said.

Abu Dhabi, one of seven states in the United Arab Emirates, holds more than 90 percent of the federation's 98 billion barrels of crude reserves.

In November, announced plans to invest USD 109 billion in the over the next five years.

The UAE, OPEC's fourth largest producer, aims to boost crude production capacity from 3.2 million barrels per day at present to 3.5 million bpd at the end of the year.

Over the past few months, ADNOC has awarded concession rights at offshore sites to several international oil companies to boost its long-term production capacity.

It also renewed and extended concessions at onshore oilfields for major companies including and Total.

Last month, ADNOC invited bids for exploration contracts for six major blocks with untapped

ADNOC said the blocks are estimated to hold billions of barrels of oil and trillions of cubic feet of

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 19:35 IST
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