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UAE launches $45 billion investment to boost refineries

By AFP - May 13,2018 - Last updated at May 13,2018

An ADNOC petrol station in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on July 10, 2017 (Reuters file photo)

ABU DHABI — Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) on Sunday announced a $45-billion (38-billion-euro) 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 per cent to 1.5 million barrels per day (bpd) by 2025, the state-owned firm's CEO Sultan Al Jaber 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 per year, he said.

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

In November, Abu Dhabi announced plans to invest $109 billion (81 billion euros) in the energy sector over the next five years.

The UAE, OPEC's fourth largest producer, aims to boost crude oil production capacity from 3.2 million bpd 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 Exxonmobil and Total.

Last month, ADNOC invited bids for exploration contracts for six major blocks with untapped oil and gas reserves.

ADNOC said the blocks are estimated to hold billions of barrels of oil and trillions of cubic metres of natural gas.

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