Asia contributes 36% of CDU capacity growth by 2023

16 September 2019

Asia is expected to drive new-build crude distillation unit (CDU) capacity growth in the global refinery industry from planned and announced (new-build) projects between 2019 and 2023, contributing around 36% of global CDU capacity growth by 2023, according to GlobalData.

The company’s report, ‘H2 2019 Global Capacity and Capital Expenditure Outlook for Refineries – Nigeria Leads Global Refinery CDU Capacity Additions’, reveals that Asia is expected to have a new-build refinery CDU capacity of 5,571 thousand barrels per day (mbd) by 2023. The approved planned projects account for 62% of the new-build capacity or 3,431 mbd while the remaining 2,140 mbd is expected to come from early-stage announced projects.

Following Asia, GlobalData identifies Africa as the second highest country in terms of global refinery CDU capacity growth adding a new-build CDU capacity of 3,857 mbd by 2023.

The Middle East stands third with new-build CDU capacity growth of 3,188 mbd by 2023.