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12 May: Africa and Asia refinery news

Hydrocarbon Engineering,


Supply contracts between Kuwait and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd have been renewed. KNPC and BPCL have signed contracts that are worth up to US$ 3.7 billion /y but no specific old volumes have been announced.

Construction of a refinery in Pachpadra in the Barmer district has still yet to begin despite the foundation stone having been laid eight months ago. The delay is due to a change in government in the state. Hindustan Petroleum Corporation are the main stakeholders in this project.


On 7 May an explosion was reported at a pipeline in Ghana. The pipeline links the Tema oil refinery to a port near the country’s capital Accra. The pipeline was transporting naphtha at the time of the explosion which is thought to have started with a leak which caught fire.


The Mombasa government has asked the National Lands Commission for part of the land surrounding the Kenya Petroleum Refinery Ltd owned Changamew refinery. The government has plans to build a bus park on the 124.4 hectare portion of land, if allotted, to help cut congestion in the centre of Mombasa.


The Namibian High Commissioner to Nigeria has announced that the joint Nigeria-Namibia refinery will specifically offer jobs to the youth population of both countries. The refinery is expected to cost approximately US$ 10 billion and once complete will be the country’s first refinery. 


It has been announced that Uganda expects the bulk of its commercial oil production to be online by the end of 2017. The country is currently waiting for the construction of a pipeline, which is the final crucial bit of infrastructure that will allow the country to export crude oil from the planned oil refinery.

Edited from various sources by Claira Lloyd.

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