September 2014

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HP Global: Review of the Middle East refinery industry

The refining business in the Middle East (ME) is very different. The average utilization rates in the ME generally run at maximum and regularly exceed 90%. Also, unlike other regions, refining margins..

Moradi, S., FACTS Global Energy

The refining business in the Middle East (ME) is very different. The average utilization rates in the ME generally run at maximum and regularly exceed 90%. Also, unlike other regions, refining margins do not play a significant role in operations, as approximately 87% of the 8-MMbpd existing refining capacity in this region is owned by national oil companies (NOCs) that process their own crude oil and condensate, and operate to meet ever-growing domestic demand, as well as meeting strategic objectives to expand refined product exports. Changing priorities ME refineries have high relatively fuel oil (FO) yields, mainly due to their simple configuration and partly because of strong local powe

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