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Bahrain’s Minister of Oil, HE Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, has reportedly announced that the expansion project at Bahrain Petroleum’s (Bapco) refinery is ‘40% complete’ and will be commissioned by 2022.

In an interview with Construction Week Online, the Minister said that the expansion would take the capacity of Bahrain’s only refinery to 380,000 barrels a day (b/d). 

He also reportedly said that Bapco is working with ‘state-of-the-art process technologies’, which would allow it to product fuels to meet ‘market specifications’. The Minister was quoted as saying: ‘As of January 2020, International Maritime Organisation has implemented a law saying that all bunker fuel has to be below 0.5%wt sulphur, therefore high sulphur fuel oil is not allowed in the shipping industry.

People are observing how compliant shipping companies are, but so far we have seen it in the margins. The price of high sulphur fuel oil has collapsed repeatedly. If you’re not ready with producing products that are not in spec, refineries will go out of business.’ 

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