Tareq el Mulla, the Minister of Petroleum & Mineral Resources in the Arab Republic of Egypt has announced that the Middle East Oil Refinery (MIDOR), which is currently undergoing expansion works, will start partial operations before the end of this current year (2021) following the completion of the first stage of the project.
The minister made the revelation after an inspection tour of the project, which includes the construction of new crude and vacuum distillation unit, a diesel hydrotreater, solvent deasphalting, and a hydrogen unit, as well as the expansion of the existing naphtha hydrotreater unit, naphtha splitter unit, isomerization unit, hydrocracker unit, LPG treatment & recovery unit, and sulphur plant.
The project, whose aim is to increase the overall production capacity of the facility, also includes conversion of the existing diesel hydrotreater unit into a kerosene unit to process crude, and the modification of all utility units, auxiliary units, and refinery tanks so that they can support the expansion.
When fully completed the facility is expected to increase the production of LPG by 107%, high-octane gasoline by 60%, jet fuel by 145%, and diesel by 45%. These are the equivalent of 280,000 million tonnes (Mt), 1.6Mt, 2.2Mt, and 2.8Mt respectively. In addition, the project will also produce 0.57Mt of coke and 0.14Mt sulphur.
The project team
Financed to the tune of US$ 1.2bn by a consortium of international banks including CDP Bank, Credit Agricole Bank, and BNP Paribas with the Italian Export Credit Agency (SACE) and the Egyptian Ministry of Finance as guarantors, the Middle East Oil Refinery (MIDOR) expansion project is being undertaken by TechnipFMC.