A refinery in Singapore that processes up to 290,000 barrels of crude oil a day has a new gas-fired cogeneration plant.

The 72 MWe plant supplies power and steam for Singapore Refining Company’s (SRC) new petrol clean fuels facility on Jurong Island.

The facility includes a petrol desulphurization unit to reduce sulphur in petrol products, a heavy naphtha splitter to reduce benzene in petrol, and an amine treating unit to recover sulphur from the process.

According to SRC, $500m in upgrades including the cogen plant have resulted in improved energy efficiency, higher quality products and a 15 per cent reduction in SOx emissions, as well as reducing CO2 emissions by 190,000 tonnes per year.

The company said the cogen plant’s output exceeds its power requirements, thus eliminating electricity expenses – which were one of the refinery’s largest operating costs – and providing room for future growth.

In switching its boilers from burning fuel oil to natural gas, the new plant will also help Singapore’s energy and chemicals industry to meet its commitment to reducing emissions by 50 per cent by 2020.

SRC chief executive and general manager James Er said the project “bolsters our long-term competitiveness and provides a platform for growth.

“It also signifies our commitment to helping the government meet its goals of a cleaner, healthier environment and a more efficient energy sector.”

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