The start of the third section of Kuwait’s Al-Zour refinery was pushed back to the end of the summer after a technical glitch forced the facility to halt last month, the chief executive officer of Kuwait Petroleum Corp. said in an interview.
Comprising three mini refineries, Al-Zour is one of the biggest oil-processing facilities being added across the Middle East and, once completed, will add 615,000 barrels a day to Kuwait’s refining capacity. The third line was penciled in to be up and running by June.
The state-owned company is currently operating the first two of three sections at Al-Zour, which were brought back online after a glitch hit power to the units and forced a two-week stoppage, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Sabah, said. With the incident affecting crude intake to the refinery, KPC decided to instead diverted it to exports.
He added the timing change isn’t uncommon. “We expect this in the early phases of operation, especially for a world scale refinery of this size.”
Source : Alarabiya