Shell Global Solutions has signed a gasification licensed
technology agreement with Saudi Aramco for the largest residue
gasification unit to ever be built, the companies said on
The Jazan integrated gasification combined cycle project (IGCC)
agreement includes the licensing of Shell gasification and acid
gas removal technologies as well as engineering services.
Shells CRI/Criterion catalysts and a sulphur recovery
unit (SRU) will also treat the off gases from the acid gas
Jazan is being developed as a new economic city in the Kingdom
of Saudi Arabia. As part of the development, a new refinery and
IGCC is to be built 70km north of the city of Jazan.
The IGCC enables the gasification of low-value residue feedstocks to produce syngas for
power generation. The generated power will provide electricity
for the Jazan refinery and supply within the
Kingdom. Shell will now be the supplier of the technology for the largest gas and
residue gasification units in the world.
This agreement further demonstrates Shells
commitment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We are enormously
proud that Shells gasification technology was selected for this
significant project, which supports an
alternative approach to power generation in the Kingdom of
Saudi Arabia, and we very much look forward to working
alongside Saudi Aramco said Ed Daniels, executive vice
president for Shell Global Solutions.
In November 2006, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King
Abdullah, launched the Jazan project as part of a strategic
vision to boost economic activity in the southwestern region of
the Kingdom and serve growing domestic energy demand. A 2,400
megawatt high-efficiency combined cycle power plant will form
the energy backbone of the Jazan Economic City.
With the award of the gasification technology license to
Shell Global Solutions for the Jazan IGCC project, we are
confident that the Jazan refinery and terminal project will
progress according to plan, said Fahad Al-Helal,
executive director of project management for Saudi Aramco.
This is the first time that gasification technology will
be deployed in Saudi Arabia and we believe that Shell Global
Solutions experience as both an owner and operator of
this technology will be very beneficial
to the Jazan project," he added.
When it starts operating, Saudi Aramcos Jazan refinery
will process 400,000 bpd of Arabian heavy and Arabian
medium crude oil to produce gasoline, ultra-low sulfur diesel,
benzene and paraxylene.
A marine terminal on the Red Sea coast will accommodate very
large crude carriers (VLCCs) for the supply of crude oil to the
new refinery. The Jazan project will provide more than 1,000
direct jobs in addition to 4,000 indirect jobs.
Only three other refinery projects on the same scale as the
Jazan refinery have been commissioned
worldwide in the past 20 years, according to the companies.