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ADNOC and Cepsa award first Ruwais Derivatives Park contract

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The Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC), and its project partner Cepsa, have announced the awarding of a key contract, as both companies move forward with plans to develop a world-scale linear alkyl benzene (LAB) plant in the Ruwais Derivatives Park.

The LAB project is the first of the derivative units to be advanced under ADNOC’s AED165 billion (US$45 billion) Ruwais downstream investment programme.

The front end engineering design (FEED) contract, a key milestone in the development of the LAB project, has been awarded to Técnicas Reunidas SA (TR), a Spanish-based engineering company which has been active in the UAE since 2006.

The LAB project will be jointly operated by ADNOC and Cepsa, a Spanish-based global integrated energy company. Cepsa is wholly-owned by Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Investment Co.

When it comes on stream, the plant will produce 225 000 tpy of normal paraffins (NP) and 150 000 tpy of LAB.

LAB is the most common raw material in the manufacture of biodegradable household and industrial detergents. It is also used in house cleaners, fabric softeners and soap bars. The main feedstock for the LAB complex will be straight-run Kerosene and other streams that are byproducts from ADNOC Refining’s operations in Ruwais.

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