Saudi Aramco Mobil Refinery (SAMREF)


SAMREF is a refinery complex which was formed for the development, construction, ownership and operation of a crude oil refining facility in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia. SAMREF is equally-owned by Saudi Aramco and Mobil Yanbu Refining Company Inc. (a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation). It commenced operations on November 15, 1984. SAMREF is one of the world’s largest single-train crude oil refineries, and one of the most sophisticated refineries in the Middle East, supplying products to a number of markets around the world.

The refinery is recognized as a safe and reliable supplier of a wide range of high-quality products in local and international markets. SAMREF processes approximately 400,000 barrels per day of Arabian crude, and approximately half of its output is consumed domestically, making SAMREF the main supplier of gasoline in the western region of the Kingdom. The refinery is ISO-9001 quality certified, an internationally-recognized quality standard which has become a hallmark for the world’s most successful companies and facilities.

Safety for SAMREF is the top priority. A great deal of investment, management and staff attention, and a wide range of well-proven programs have been applied to monitor and sustain the highest standards of personnel and process safety. ExxonMobil’s Operations Integrity Management System (OIMS) was introduced in 2004. In April 2013, the refinery achieved more than 40,000,000 man-hours without a Lost Time Injury.

Since its establishment, SAMREF has been a pioneering national company in the field of Saudization. To this end it currently employs 727 Saudi nationals, which represents a Saudization level of over 90%. To retain the highly-qualified Saudi workforce at SAMREF and help them to maximize their human and career potential, there is a comprehensive talent management program in place focusing on employee professional and leadership development.

Environmental Compliance and Protection
Several major projects were undertaken to ensure strict compliance of SAMREF operations to the Royal Commission's Environmental Regulations.


Clean Fuels Project (CFP)

When it goes into operation, this multibillion-dollar mega-project at SAMREF will reduce the sulfur content in gasoline and diesel products by more than 98% to 10 parts per million (ppm), in order to meet stringent local and world standards. This will significantly reduce automobile SOx emissions, and demonstrate ExxonMobil, Saudi Aramco’s and SAMREF’s continuing commitment to protecting the global environment.  The project will also help meet growing domestic, regional and global demand for more advanced, cleaner-burning fuels.

Following SAMREF’s long-term commitment to health and safety, since the start of the project, the CFP has completed more than 22,000,000 man-hours without a Lost Time Injury, and with a total construction workforce of 5,600 people. The project will also provide economic benefits to Saudi-based businesses during the construction and provides opportunities for long-term employment for qualified Saudi nationals as part of its operational activities.