MOSCOW (MRC) -- The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) said its Ruwais Refinery West Cracker is offline for maintenance, reported Reuters.
"The Residue Fluid Catalytic Cracker (RFCC) at Ruwais Refinery West is undergoing maintenance and is currently offline," a spokesman said in a statement emailed to Reuters.
"We don’t anticipate any interruptions to supply for the local or international market," he added.
ADNOC has sold up to 320,000 tonnes of straight-run fuel oil (SRFO) for export in July from Ruwais, four trade sources said.
SRFO is a residual oil left after initial crude refining and is further processed in residue fluid catalytic cracker (RFCC) units to produce higher-value products such as gasoline and diesel fuel.
In 2017 and 2018, ADNOC exported about four to five cargoes of 80,000-90,000 tonnes of SRFO from Ruwais on a monthly basis after a fire damaged a 127,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) RFCC at its Ruwais refinery.
As MRC wrote before, a USD3.1 billion project to introduce crude processing flexibility, at ADNOC owned Ruwais oil refinery, was announced in February 2018. Known as the Crude Flexibility Project (CFP), the announcement was another significant step forward as ADNOC accelerates delivery of its Downstream refining strategy that aims to enhance margins by introducing asset flexibility, backed by strong crude and product marketing initiatives.