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Senate committee visits refinery, pledges support to expansion

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AMMAN — The Senate’s Energy and Mineral Resources Committee, headed by Saleh Irsheidat, visited the Jordan Petroleum Refinery in Zarqa Governorate earlier this week and were briefed on the fourth expansion project, which aims to raise the refinery’s production capacity from 60,000 barrels per day to 120,000 barrels per day. اضافة اعلان

Irsheidat said that the expansion project would contribute to Jordan’s energy strategy, in addition to creating local jobs and increasing the use of local suppliers and service providers, pointing out that the refinery constitutes a national institution. 

The members of the committee heard from the CEO of the Jordan Petroleum Refinery Company, Abdul Karim Al-Alaween.

Alaween said that the fourth expansion project, which has a total cost of about $2.64 billion, aims to meet the growing needs of the local market for oil derivatives, adhere to the environmental requirements inside and around the refinery, and to standardize the oil derivatives produced, and stop the production of high-sulfuric fuel.

In turn, the members of the committee stressed the importance of giving the petroleum refinery complete flexibility for the fourth expansion project.

They called for overcoming any obstacles and enabling the company to carry out its duties, and to pay all amounts owed to the refinery by the government.

The Jordan Petroleum Refinery Company conducted the first expansion project in 1970, increasing refining capacity to 2,100 tonnes per day, and completed the second project in 1973, while it completed the third project in 1982, increasing the refining capacity to 8,700 tonnes per day, while the fourth expansion project will work on increasing refining capacity to about 14,000 tonnes per day.