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Kuwait’s KPC seen on track to supply 0.5% sulfur bunker in Q4 2019

Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, or KPC, is expected to be ready to supply bunker fuel oil with a maximum sulfur content of 0.5% in the fourth quarter of 2019, sources close to the matter said this week.

Kuwait is currently carrying out the Clean Fuels Project, which includes construction of a desulfurization unit and a fluid catalytic cracker.
Kuwait National Petroleum Company, or KNPC, earlier awarded Japanese engineering company JGC Corporation and South Korea’s GS Engineering & Construction and SK Engineering & Construction contracts to provide engineering, procurement, construction, pre-commissioning and assistance during commissioning, startup and performance testing services for the Clean Fuels Project at Ahmadi in Kuwait, JGC said in a statement in March 2014.

The project is scheduled to be completed around mid-2019, and after commissioning of the facilities, KPC, a trading company of Kuwaiti oil products, will be able to supply bunker fuel with maximum 0.5% sulfur, a source close to the matter said.

KPC currently sells 2-3 cargoes/month of high sulfur fuel oil with 380 CST viscosity and maximum 4.2% sulfur on a spot basis.

Kuwait will export fuel oil cargoes with maximum 1.0% sulfur from Q1 2020, another source close to the matter said.

The Clean Fuels Project is “a strategic project to expand and upgrade Mina Abdullah and Mina Al-Ahmadi refineries to be an integrated refining complex with a total capacity of 800,000 b/d,” KNPC said on its website.

The project includes construction of 16 new units at Mina Al-Ahmadi refinery and 14 new units in Mina Abdullah refinery, KNPC said.

Source: Platts

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