Ra's Lanuf Refinery
|Ra's Lanuf Refinery|
|Operator||Libyan Emirates Oil Refining Company|
|Capacity||220,000 bbl/d (35,000 m3/d)|
The Ra's Lanuf Refinery is a topping and reforming oil refinery in Ra's Lanuf, Libya. It is part of a larger petrochemical complex also consisting of an ethylene plant, a polyethylene plant, plant utilities, and Ra's Lanuf Harbor. Until 9 March 2009, the complex was operated by the RASCO, a subsidiary of the National Oil Corporation. The current operator is the Libyan Emirates Oil Refining Company.
The Ra's Lanuf Refinery became operational during 1984. In 2007, the decision to expand the refinery for the production of benzene, butadiene, and MTBE was made. For this, NOC concluded a contract to establish a joint venture with Dow Chemical Company.  In 2008, a $2 billion contract with the Star Consortium, comprising the Al Ghurair's subsidiary TransAsia Gas International and ETA Ascon Star Group's Star Petro Energy, to own and upgrade the refinery was concluded. However, in March 2009, NOC and Al Ghurair's subsidiary Trusta signed an agreement to form a joint venture the Libyan Emirati Refining Company (Lerco) to operate and upgrade the refinery.
The refinery has a capacity of 220,000 barrels per day (35,000 m3/d). It is a simple hydroskimming refinery, but its products meet market specifications due to high quality crude oil. It produces fuel oil, gas oil, naphtha and kerosene. The complex also produces petrochemicals, utilizing naphtha as a feed stock to an ethylene plant with a capacilty of 1.2 million tons per year (tpy). Its main products are ethylene (330,000 tpy), propylene (170,000 tpy), Mix C4 (130,000 tpy) and P Gasoline (335,000 tpy).
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