SATORP: An exceptional partnership

Location: Jubail (Saudi Arabia)

Partners: Saudi Aramco (62.5%) and Total

Facilities: Refining and Petrochemicals Platform


the production capacity of the SATORP site in number of barrels of crude oil per day
Two operators at a distillation unit at the Jubail refinery in Saudi Arabia Deux opérateurs dans une unité de distillation de la raffinerie de Jubail en Arabie Saoudite

Benefitting from the combined expertise of Saudi Aramco and Total, SATORP is one of the world’s most efficient integrated refining and petrochemicals platforms. Its role is to produce high-value-added products from heavy crude oil.

Operational since 2014, SATORP is not only one of the world’s largest refining and petrochemicals platforms, it is also one of the most complex and efficient. The site is capable of converting a type of heavy, high-sulfur crude oil that is especially difficult to process into high value-added products. To accomplish this, the refinery relies on a full range of processing units, including:
  • Two distillate hydrocrackers to convert heavy petroleum fractions into lighter, ultra-low-sulfur products.
  • A fluid catalytic cracking unit that produces a wide variety of products, including very light hydrocarbons such as propylene and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
  • A coking unit (“coking” is a thermal process used to convert heavy fractions into light petroleum products and coke).
In early 2018, the SATORP platform’s production capacity was raised to 440,000 barrels of crude oil a day, bringing annual output to around 22 million metric tons of refined petroleum products, including 700,000 metric tons of paraxylene, 150,000 metric tons of benzene and 200,000 metric tons of high-purity propylene. In addition, Total and Saudi Aramco teams are continuing development studies for other petrochemical units downstream of the facility. 
SATORP: The steel giant in pictures
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    Vue depuis le haut du cocker de la raffinerie de Jubail
    View from the top of the of the Jubail refinery coking unit in Saudi Arabia.
  • View from the top of the paraxylene distillation tower. Refinery of Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
    Vue depuis le haut de la colonne de distillation de paraxylène. Raffinerie de Jubail, Arabie Saoudite. Satorp.
    View from the top of the paraxylene distillation tower. Refinery of Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
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    Quatre opérateurs supervisent le démarrage système de la raffinerie de Jubail
    Four operators oversee the commissioning of the Jubail refinery, Saudi Arabia.
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    Le Directeur général et le Directeur de production de SATORP, raffinerie de Jubail
    The SATORP CEO and Production Manager at the Jubail refinery, Saudi Arabia.
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    Vue de la raffinerie de Jubail depuis le désert
    View of the Jubail refinery from the desert, Saudi Arabia.
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Our Commitment to Staff Training and Local Development

SATORP employs 1,100 people, 70% of whom are Saudi nationals. Among them, 28 young Saudi engineers were given the opportunity to complete their studies in France through a partnership with IFP Énergies Nouvelles. In addition, nearly 400 Saudi operators received on-site training in a dedicated training center created by SATORP.