Abu Dhabi state firm Adnoc’s refining focus in 2019 will be on returning to service a residue fluid catalytic cracker (RFCC) at its 417,000 b/d Ruwais West refinery. The RFCC was damaged in a fire in early 2017 and is being rebuilt by Korea’s GS Engineering & Construction (MEES, 7 July 2017).

Adnoc began commissioning the rebuilt 127,000 b/d unit in November and expects it to be fully operational by the end of 1Q 2019.

Like most Gulf downstream operators Adnoc is seeking to...