‘Middle East third-highest contributor to global refinery FCCU capacity growth by 2024’

industry 525119 640The Middle East will be the third-highest contributor to the global refinery fluid catalytic cracking units (FCCU) capacity additions, contributing around 150 thousand barrels per day (mbd) by 2024

According to data and analytics firm GlobalData, Kuwait and Iraq are the only contributors in the region with capacities of 98 mbd and 52 mbd respectively.

Asia is expected to lead capacity growth of the global refinery fluid catalytic cracking units (FCCU), contributing approximately 45 per cent of global capacity growth by 2024. The region will likely add 542,000 barrels of FCCU capacity per day (mbd) by 2024.

GlobalData’s report, ‘Global Refinery Fluid Catalytic Cracking Units (FCCU) Outlook to 2024 – Capacity and Capital Expenditure Outlook with Details of All Operating and Planned Fluid Catalytic Cracking Units’, reveals that the global capacity of FCCU is expected to increase by 1.2 million barrels per day (mmbd), from 21.2 mmbd in 2020 to around 22.4 mmbd in 2024.

Of the total capacity additions, 1.0 mmbd is expected to come from new-build planned and announced projects while the remaining 0.2 mmbd is likely to come from the expansions of active projects.

Haseeb Ahmed, oil and gas analyst at GlobalData, commented, “Of Asia’s total FCCU capacity additions of 542 mbd by 2024, 151 mbd is likely from active expansion projects while new-build projects are expected to contribute the rest of about 391 mbd by 2024. In the region, China accounts for most of the capacity additions with a combined total of nearly 481 mbd by 2024.”

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