KUWAIT: Kuwait National Petroleum considering merging Al-Zour refinery, PC complex

The Supreme Petroleum Council has given KNPC and parent company Kuwait Petroleum Corp. the green light to proceed with the 615,000-b/d Al-Zour refinery, which is to be built south of Kuwait City. Site preparations have been started and the project has received Kuwait Environment Public Authority approval.

Separate sources reported that the petrochemical production would involve an olefins and aromatics project planned by affiliate Petrochemical Industries Co., for the production of ethylene, ethylene glycol, high-density and linear low-density polyethylene, polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate and purified terephthalic acid.

Al-Mutairi explained that KNPC's strategy is to build an integrated refinery and petrochemical complex that would include liquefied natural gas (LNG) import facilities.

Earlier this year, KNPC awarded Foster Wheeler a contract for the pre-front-end engineering design and the front-end engineering design of a new onshore LNG import and regasification terminal that is expected to start commercial operations in 2020.

Source: Weekly "PetroChemical News", Durham, NC, USA; 15 Dec 2014
(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)