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The Kenyan parliamentary committee on energy has suggested that the Kenya Petroleum Refinery Limited (KPRL) plant in Mombasa should not be closed, but rather modernised to improve its efficiency.

The nine member committee has indicated that importing refined products will be more costly than keeping the plant in operation. Committee Chairman, Jamleck Kamau, has said that the committee will meet all stakeholders before compiling a full report within two weeks.


The Managing Director of the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company, Bolanle Ayodele, has announced that N70 million is to be put aside for the training of 120 youths this year.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the company has so far offered skills and training to 528 youths in 16 trades since the commencement of the Youth Empowerment and Skills Acquisition Programme in 2008.



PetroChina has released an environmental impact assessment (EIA) report on its Kunming refinery, which will be available to the public in an exhibition hall in Ninghu Park, An’ning, from 25th June – 25th July. Its major contents are also summarised on the official website of PetroChina’s parent company, China National Petroleum Corporation.

The report comes just over a month since Kunming residents voiced their objections to the planned project, which they deem to pose a threat to the local environment.


A new Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) refinery is to be constructed at Pachpadra. After evaluating the two proposed locations of Leelala and Pachpadra, the company ultimately opted for the latter.

Sudhansh Pant, Secretary for Mines and Petroleum has suggested that this decision was made on the basis that the 11 000 bighas of land on which the refinery will be constructed belongs to the state government and there will therefore be no need for any land acquisition.

The main location of the refinery will be 6km from Pachpadra village. The foundation laying stone ceremony will take place in July.

Middle East


14 new gasoline production units at Iran’s Lavan refinery have been recently inaugurated by the President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The new projects bring the refinery’s daily gasoline production capacity up to 2.8 million ltrs/d.


Yemen’s Aden Refinery is seeking 600 000 t of high sulfur gasoline for delivery in the period July – September in a new short term contract that closes later this week.

These volumes are 37% lower than its term requirement for March – June. The drop may signal that Yemen is able to meet more of its own refined oil needs this year compared with 2012.

In the July – September contract, the Aden Refinery is seeking 10 cargoes of high sulfur gasoil of 60 000 t each, with three deliveries in July, three in August and four in September.

The tender closes on 28th June.

Edited from various sources by Emma McAleavey

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