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ADNOC commissions special coker unit in Abu Dhabi as part of downstream buildout

ADNOC Refining, a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company for Distribution PJSC, has completed the commissioning of a specialized coker unit in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, as part of the Carbon Black and Coker Project, according to a Sept. 2 news release.

The delayed coker will allow ADNOC to recover highly specialized grades of carbon black and calcined coke, an important part of the refiner's plan to expand its downstream operations, focusing on growth markets in Asia, including China.

The investment program will see the company's refining capacity increase by more than 65%, or 600,000 barrels per day, by 2025, through the addition of a third refinery, creating a total capacity of 1.5 MMbbl/d. ADNOC also plans to build one of the world's largest mixed feed crackers, which will enable it to produce additional feedstocks and additives for the petrochemicals industry.

"At the heart of our downstream strategy is an US $45 billion investment, over the next five years, that will create the world's largest integrated refining and petrochemicals hub in Ruwais, where ADNOC will convert 20% of its crude to chemicals, tripling petrochemical production capacity to 14.4 million tons per year, by 2025. In parallel, ADNOC intends to build an international, integrated downstream presence, including securing additional crude refining capacity in growth markets," Abdulaziz AlHajri, director of ADNOC's downstream directorate, said.