Asia is expected to register the highest refinery Fluid Catalytic Cracking Units (FCCU) capacity additions globally between 2022 and 2026, accounting for approximately 48% of the total capacity additions by 2026, says GlobalData, a leading data, and analytics company.

GlobalData’s report, ’Refinery Fluid Catalytic Cracking Units (FCCU) Capacity and Capital Expenditure (CapEx) Forecast by Region and Countries including details of All Active Plants, Planned and Announced Projects, 2022-2026’, reveals that Asia is likely to witness a total FCCU capacity additions of 1,009 thousand barrels per day (mbd) by 2026. Of this, 662 mbd of capacity is likely to be from new-build refineries while the remaining will come from the expansion of existing refineries.

Teja Pappoppula, Oil and Gas Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “China and India will account for almost 85% of FCCU capacity additions in Asia by 2026. The FCCU expansion project at the Vadinar refinery, India, is the largest upcoming project in Asia with 187 mbd of capacity expected to be added in 2024. Among new build refinery projects, the planned Yulong refinery in China is likely to add a capacity of 141 mbd in 2024.”

GlobalData identifies Africa as the second highest contributor to the global FCCU capacity additions, accounting for 26% of the total additions by 2026. Nigeria will account for a majority of the capacity additions in the region, with 234 mbd of capacity expected to be added by 2026 from three new-build projects in the country.

Pappoppula adds: “Middle East ranks third globally contributing around 17% of global FCCU capacity additions by 2026. Duqm IV in Iran and Shahid Ghasem Soleimani in Oman are the two refineries that are likely to be the highest contributors in the region with 75 mbd of capacity each, which are expected to become operational by 2025.”

Source: Hellenic Shipping News