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Egypt has signed a contract with Rongsheng Holding Group and China National Chemical Engineering Co. Ltd. for the construction of a refinery in the country. The facility is expected to process 30 million tpy and will be the biggest refinery in Egypt.

A 9.2 MW power plant is being built by Kenya Petroleum Refineries Ltd. The company is constructing the electricity facility to meet their own electricity needs and will sell surplus to the national grid. The Kenya energy minister instructed the company to build the plant as power outages in the country continually disrupt production.

The House of Representatives will hold a public hearing of a Bill, which will mean all oil companies active in Nigeria, will have to invest in the country’s refining industry. Under the bill, licenses will be removed from companies who do not invest and investment time will be limited to five years, after which, the refineries will be taken over by domestic operators.

South Africa
Sasol has approved construction of a petrochemical facility at the Sasol Polymers plant, Sasolburg. The new unit will be used for ethylene purification and will cost approximately R 1.9 billion to construct. The unit is estimated to be onstream by 2013 and running at full capacity of 48 000 tpy by the end of 2015.

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