A new oil refinery is scheduled for construction in the central Cuban province of Matanzas, 100 km east of Havana. The capacity of the complex will be approximately 150 000 bpd. The project forms part of a wider Cuban effort to increase refining capacity, with the 65 000 bpd Cienfuegos refinery, a joint venture with Venezuela, due to be expanded to 150 000 bpd.
Work is set to continue on a Chinese oil refinery in the country after the working commission stated its opinion that there are no grounds to stop construction of the refinery in Kara-Balta city. Locals had complained that the project violated international and national environmental protection laws and sanitary rules.
US$ 200 million of foreign investments are fuelling the project, which is due for completion by 2012.
South Africa's national oil company, PetroSA, is planning to scale back its ambitious plans to construct a US$ 10.5 billion refinery at Coega, outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. The plan was originally to construct a 400 000 bpd refinery as part of the Coega Industrial Zone. The Department of Energy has said that a 20 year infrastructure plan for liquid fuels, which should be published by the end of 2011, would determine the appropriate size of the refinery.
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