Abu Dhabi state firm Adnoc Refining has begun preliminary work for a new “state of the art” 600,000 b/d refinery in its growing refining and petrochemicals hub at Ruwais, 240km west of Abu Dhabi city. On 21 February it awarded an initial $8mn pre-Feed contract to the UK’s Wood.

The award follows parent company Adnoc’s deal to bring Italy’s Eni and Austria’s OMV into its Adnoc Refining unit. Eni will pay around $3.3bn for its 20% stake in Adnoc Refining,...