Asia is expected to lead global refinery hydrocracking units’ capacity growth, contributing about 49% of the total global capacity growth by 2024. The region is likely to add 1.2 million bpd of hydrocracking units capacity by 2024, says GlobalData.
The company’s report, ‘Global Refinery Hydrocracking Units Outlook to 2024 – Capacity and Capital Expenditure Outlook with Details of All Operating and Planned Hydrocracking Units’, reveals that the global hydrocracking units’ capacity is expected to increase by 2.4 million bpd, from 11.3 million bpd in 2019 to about 13.7 million bpd in 2024. Out of the total global capacity additions, 1.6 million bpd is likely to come from the expansion of active projects while the remaining 800 000 bpd is expected to come from new-build planned and announced projects.
Adithya Rekha, Oil and Gas Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “Out of the Asia’s total hydrocracking units capacity additions of 1.2 million by 2024, 400 000 bpd is likely to come from active expansion projects and new-build projects are expected to contribute the rest 800 000 bpd by 2024. In the region, China, India and Thailand account for most of the capacity additions with a combined total of 1.1 million bpd by 2024.”
GlobalData expects Former Soviet Union (FSU) to occupy the second place in terms of hydrocracking unit capacity additions by 2024. The region is expected to contribute about 22% of the global hydrocracking units’ capacity growth, with total capacity additions of 540 000 bpd by 2024. In the FSU, Russia accounts for most of the capacity additions with 480 000 bpd.
Rekha concludes: “Middle East will be the third-highest region globally, with 325 000 bpd capacity addition by 2024. Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman will be the top three contributors in the region with a combined capacity of 270 000 bpd by 2024.”
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