Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, today patronized inaugural ceremonies for the expansion of the oil refinery at Ras Tanura, and for the new 500-mile-long pipeline to Riyadh and Qassim.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Petroleum and Mining Ali Al-Naimi said the refinery project constitutes an important step in the provision of lead-free gasoline. He pointed out that the Kingdom's petroleum industry not only produces and exports crude, but treats and refines it. Minister Al-Naimi noted that the productive capacity of the Kingdom's seven refineries exceeds 1.7 million barrels per day. In addition, Saudi Arabia owns shares in petroleum refining and marketing projects outside the country, raising this figure to more than three million barrels per day. Future projects of Saudi Aramco include transportation of petroleum products in pipelines linking Jizan with Abha and Yanbu with Madinah.
Earlier, Crown Prince Abdullah visited the headquarters of Saudi Aramco in Dhahran, where he was welcomed by Chairman Abdullah bin Juma'a. Yesterday, the Crown Prince attended a reception hosted by Governor of the Eastern Province Prince Muhammad bin Fahd bin Abdul Aziz, who, in a speech on the occasion, remarked on the leading position maintained by the Kingdom among countries that are economically and politically strong, and attributed this to its adherence to the Holy Qur'an and the sunnah of Prophet Muhammad, and to wise leadership from the era of the late King Abdul Aziz to the prosperous reign of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz.
Tomorrow, Crown Prince Abdullah will visit King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Dhahran, and open an exhibition on building and development organized by the students as part of the Kingdom's centennial celebrations.