Asia to spearhead global refinery alkylation capacity additions by 2025, says GlobalData

Asia is expected to register the highest refinery alkylation capacity additions globally between 2021 and 2025, contributing about 61% of the total capacity additions by 2025, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

GlobalData’s report,  ‘Global Refinery Alkylation Units Outlook to 2025 – Capacity and Capital Expenditure Outlook with Details of All Operating and Planned Alkylation Units’, reveals that Asia is likely to witness a total alkylation unit capacity additions of 138 thousand barrels per day (mbd) by 2025. Of this, 29 mbd of capacity would be from new-build refineries while the rest of the capacity is from expansion of the existing refineries.

Teja Pappoppula, Oil and Gas Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “Together, China and India account for 82% of the alkylation unit capacity additions in Asia by 2025. The Vadinar refinery in India is the largest upcoming expansion project in Asia with 32 mbd of capacity expected to be added in 2024. Among the new-build refinery projects, the planned Gulei refinery in China is likely to add a capacity of 10 mbd in 2022.”

GlobalData identifies Africa as the second highest contributor to the global alkylation unit capacity additions accounting for about 18% of the total additions by 2025. The planned Lagos I refinery in Nigeria is one of the highest contributors in the region with 20 mbd of capacity expected to become operational in 2022.

Both the Middle East and North America rank third with almost equal contribution of about 7% each to the global alkylation unit capacity during the outlook period 2021–2025. In the Middle East, the planned Al-Zour refinery in Kuwait is the highest contributor in the region with 9 mbd of capacity expected to become operational in 2021. In the North America, the planned Dos Bocas refinery in Mexico is the only contributor in the region with 10 mbd of capacity expected to become operational in 2023.

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