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Early September: Downstream news from Africa

Hydrocarbon Engineering,


OCI Construction Group has been awarded a contract by Technip France. The contract is for both greenfield and brownfield work at the Algiers refinery in Sidi Arcine. The facility is owned by Sonatrach and Technip is the engineering, procurement and construction contractor.


Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has voiced its concern about the level of oil theft in the Niger Delta. SPDC has said that it believes that more oil is being stolen from the east and west of the country than is being exported and that the figure has reached 60 000 bpd and equates to approximately US$ 6 million.


The Ras Lanuf refinery, Libya’s largest shut down after crude oil stocks ran out at the beginning of July, but was gladly reopened in the middle of last month. The 200 000 bpd facility has been impacted by the strikes in the country. Libya’s total refinery output and export levels have also been impacted by the strikes in the country. Export levels are currently at 320 000 bpd rather than the usual 1.6 million.


Five East African Community countries have until 15th October to confirm participation in the construction of a new oil refinery in Uganda. The facility will have a processing capacity of 60 000 bpd which is twice that of Kenya’s only refinery. Acquisition of the land on which to build the refinery and the additional infrastructure is expected to be complete by March next year.

Edited from various sources by Claira Lloyd.

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