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 seashore. Over the years, MAA was subject to 2-phase modernization, and 29 new units were built with advanced technologies to increase its capacity to 466,000 bpd. The new products had lower sulfur content.

Key Facts

Major Milestones

  1. 1949

    Built in 1949.

    Located 42 km South Kuwait, West of Ahmadi, directly on the Gulf coast.

    Start production was 25,000 bpd.

  2. 1960

    With the establishment of the Company in 1960, MAA became part of KNPC.

  3. 1963

    In 1963, production capacity increased to 145,000 bpd.

  4. 1965

    In 1965, 2 CDU units were built each with to 135,000 bpd capacity to make MAA total production 250,000 bpd.

  5. 1978

    Gas liquefaction plant commissioned in 1978.

  6. 1984

    Was modernized twice to increase capacity and produce high-quality of light and middle products – 29 additional units were built.

    • Refinery Modernization Project (RMP) in 1984.

    • Further Upgrading Project (FUP) in 1986.
     

  7. 2005

    In 2005, the new South Pier was inaugurated to boost export capacities .

Main Units

In addition to secondary units, such as Water Treatment Plant, Water Cooling Units, Sour Water Unit, storage tanks, etc…, MAA has main units, such as:

These units produce lead-free gasoline, MTBE, Alkenes and Propylene. Built in 1987.

Fluid Catalyst Cracking Unit was built in 1987 with 40,000 bpd. Heavy gas oil is cracked into gasoline in this unit. Other products include LPG.

The unit refine 24,000 bpd of heavy Eocene oil to mainly produce Bitumen for the local market.

Handle 1,334 MT pd of sulfur, the refining by-product. These units recover the sulfur from the Acid Gas Removal Plants.

Contains a Naphtha complex to treat then separate the Naphtha into light and heavy products.

MAA has 4 Gas trains for processing of gas produced either from KOC oil fields or from KNPC refineries. The units recover propane, butane and gasoline with 2,458 mmscfpd. Gas is used in power stations, local industries and domestic consumption. Condensates are also produced in these plants.

Offshore Facilities

The offshore facilities are used mainly for the export of crude oil, petroleum by-products and sulfur. The facilities were expanded several times to meet the increasing exports. 16 loading arms were added to the South Pier and the 3rd & 4th piers were upgraded so 4 oil tankers can dock simultaneously with 9,000 tons per hour loading capacity.

Products

MAA produces almost all kinds of petroleum by-products, such as gasoline, kerosene, diesel, bitumen, naphtha, LPG, and sulfur.