Refining of Crude Oil

Refining is the Core business of KNPC. The Company also processes/imports gas and markets the refined products locally.

KNPC owns and operates three refineries, namely Mina Al-Ahmadi (MAA), Mina Abdullah (MAB) and Shuaiba (SHU).

The three refineries form an integrated refining complex, which gives the Company a high flexibility in exchanging products either to fulfil the demands of international clients or to maintain a non-stop production in times of maintenance or unscheduled shutdowns.

The total capacity of the three refineries is 936,000 bpd. Part of production is marketed locally, whereas the majority of products is exported to international markets. Gas liquefaction capacity of MAA 4 gas processing units is 2,458 mmscfpd.

Each refinery has its own features. Shuaiba is the world first all-hydrogen refinery, MAA is one of the world’s largest refineries and MAB has high conversion capabilities. It also has the only Delayed Coker Unit in Gulf area.

Mina Al Ahmadi Refinery

MAA was built in 1949 as a simple refinery with 25,000 bpd capacity to cover the local demand for gasoline, diesel and kerosene. It occupies 10.5 km2 of land and is located directly on the...

Mina Abdullah Refinery

Mina Abdullah Refinery was built in 1958 by the American Independent Oil Company (AMINOIL) before it was fully acquired by the State of Kuwait in 1977. It was renamed “Kuwait Wafra Oil Company...

Shuaiba Refinery

The first national oil refinery ever to be built in the region. The cornerstone was laid in 1966 and SHU was commissioned in April 1968 with production capacity of 95,000 bpd. SHU was a turning...