NO. 12/13

25-DEC-1989/1 JAN1990

Saudi Arabia

Test Runs Start at Rabigh Refinery

MEES learns that test runs have begun at the new 325,000- b/d Rabigh exportrefinery on Saudi Arabia's Red Sea coast, with a view to full start-up possiblysometime in February. The refinery will be operated as a 50-50 joint venture between Saudi Arabia's Samarec and the Greek company Petrola (Latsis group). It isapparently planned in the initial stages to operate the Rabigh plant at 60% ofcapacity which...