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KUWAIT CITY, Sept 18: MEED magazine revealed that the Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (KIPIC) expects to start exporting refined products from the $16 billion Al- Zour refinery in late October or early November, reports Al-Qabas daily. One of the sources told the magazine, “Some minor tests of export products are expected in the coming weeks.
The intention is to export products from Al-Zour refinery to international markets at the end of October or early November, and everything seems to be going well.” Al-Zour refinery, which is set to become one of the largest of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa region, will produce gasoline, diesel and kerosene, in accordance with Euro 5 emissions standards.
The project consists of five main packages, noting that the engineering, procurement and construction contracts were awarded during the second half of 2015, with contractors starting work on their packages at the end of that year. The oil refining facility was mechanically completed last year, but it faced significant delays in the commissioning process. Over recent years, Covid-19 and related measures designed to limit the spread of the virus have affected the progress of the project.