In 2006, Saudi Arabia drew up ambitious plans to build a new industrial city in Jazan, in the far south-west of the Kingdom. The main aim of this initiative, the Jazan Economic City Project, was to expand the economic development of the region.
At the heart of the project is Aramco's fully integrated Jazan Refinery and Petrochemical Complex — the result of an estimated $21 billion of investment — which, when operational, is expected to produce both high-value products, and power, in a more sustainable way.
Boosting power, meeting energy demands
The Jazan oil refinery, which is designed to have an output capacity of up to 400,000 barrels per day (BPD), is a vital part of the set-up. This full-conversion refinery, when it is at its full capacity, is planned to have a wide portfolio which includes gasoline and ultra-light sulfur diesel (ULSD), as well as benzene and paraxylene. It is expected to provide feedstock for the integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) plant, which generates power and industrial gases.