to confirm further details of the revamp plan, including either a definitive timeline for completion or revised estimates
of its overall cost.
The contract follows series of contracts Sonatrach previously awarded to Amec Foster Wheeler to provide front-end
engineering and design (FEED) for three grassroots refineries that will add a total of 15 million tpy in refining capacity
in the country (OGJ Online, Mar. 8, 2016). To be located in
Biskra, Tiaret, and Hassi Messaoud, each of the three refineries will have a capacity of 5 million tpy and will be configured to process domestic Algerian crude oil.
Cameroon’s Societe Nationale de Raffinage SA
(Sonara) let a contract to a consortium of French
firms Suez SA, Sogea Satom, and Ingenica to provide technology licensing, engineering, and construction for a project to modernize and expand
the effluent treatment plant of its 2. 1 million-tpy
refinery in Limbe (OGJ Online, July 27, 2017).
As part of its scope of work under the contract,
Suez will equip the plant with its proprietary Poseidon technology for pretreating refinery effluent,
Scheduled to be completed in September 2018, the modernized effluent plant will be able to treat 9,600 cu m/day of
industrial water and rainwater at the site.
As part of its program to improve fuel production and
maximize processing of crude produced in Cameroon, Sonara also is executing an ongoing project to expand capacity
of the refinery to 3. 5 million tpy.
Alongside addition of a new vacuum distillation and hydrocracking units, the expansion will include revamps of
existing units. Sonara, however, has yet to release a definitive timeframe for when it will commission the fully expanded refinery.
The announcement followed a series of efforts initiated
by Nigeria’s recently elected President Muhammadu Buhari
to transform state-owned petroleum operations to enhance
focus, accountability, competitiveness, and transparency,
measures which included the early 2016 restructuring and
reorganization of NNPC, as well as an invitation to private
investors to become financial and technical joint-venture
partners in the modernization of the country’s four state-run
refineries (OGJ Online, Mar. 4, 2016).
While a separate initiative proposing to relocate and colo-cate foreign brownfield refining installations at NNPC’s existing refining site pads to augment each refinery’s
overall site capacity also remains ongoing, no additional capacity under the program was scheduled
to come on stream during 2017. By yearend, NNPC
said it plans to boost capacity utilization to 60%
at its refineries, with a utilization target of 80% by
yearend 2018 (OGJ Online, Jan. 12, 2017).
Separately, the US Trade and Development
Agency (USTDA) a awarded a $1-million grant to
privately held Eko Petrochem & Refining Co. Ltd.
(EPRC) for a feasibility study to recommend technologies and develop an implementation plan for a 20,000-
b/sd modular refinery to be built on Tomaro Island in Lagos, while PT Intim Perkasa Nigeria Ltd., a subsidiary of PT
Intim Perkasa, Jakarta, also indicated interest in building a
10,000-b/sd refinery in Nigeria’s state of Akwa Ibom (OGJ
Online, Aug. 21, 2017; June 22, 2017).
Meanwhile, Nigerian conglomerate Dangote Industries
Ltd. (DIL) continued to let a slew of contracts for subsidiary Dangote Oil Refining Co.’s (DORC) 650,000-b/d grassroots integrated refining complex now under construction in
southwestern Nigeria’s Lekki Free Trade Zone (OGJ Online,
Nov. 9, 2017; Sept. 8, 2017; June 23, 2017; Apr. 27, 2017; Mar.
To become the world’s largest single-train refinery upon
commissioning in 2019, DORC’s $12-billion Lekki integrated complex will include a 650,000-b/d crude distillation unit, a 3. 6 million-tonne/year polypropylene plant, a 3
million-tpy urea plant, and gas processing installations to
accommodate 3 bcfd of natural gas that will be transported
through 1,100 km of subsea pipeline to be built by DIL. The
complex will be equipped to produce 33 million tpy of petroleum products, including gasoline, diesel, kerosine, aviation fuel, and other petrochemicals.
Elsewhere on the continent, Algeria’s state-owned
Sonatrach SPA let a contract to China National Petroleum
Corp. subsidiary China Petroleum Engineering & Construction Corp. for a cooperative reconstruction and extension
project at the 2. 7 million-tpy Algiers refinery (OGJ Online,
June 5, 2017).
Slated to begin in November 2016, the 21-month contract
covers rehabilitation works at the refinery that will allow it
to increase processing capacity by 35%. The parties have yet
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