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Refining news: Angola

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Luanda refinery

Output from Sonangol’s Luanda refinery reached 16.158 million bbls of crude oil in 2014. According to data released by the company, 1.781 million bbls came from Rama Ungo, 15 827 bbls were processed by Rama Nemba and the remaining 442 487 bbls came from Rama Plutónio.

The refinery’s average daily production stood at 44 876 bbls, or 6275 tpd, according to Ana Costa, an official from Sonangol. Monthly production stood at 1.346 million bbls, equivalent to 187 959 t per month. Total production of refined products was 2.161 million t in 2014, which were distributed in both domestic and foreign markets.

Lobito refinery

Sonangol is planning to begin construction of industrial process units at its Lobito refinery. Meanwhile, the company is set to complete work on its ocean terminal at Barra do Kwanza in 2016. The terminal has a designed capacity of 640 000 m3 for fuel, gas and lubricants. Company spokesman Francisco de Lemos noted that the new units form part of Sonangol’s integration supply chain.

Furthermore, in 2015, the company expects to begin the construction of facilities for the storage of fuels at sites in Soyo, Lubango and Namibe.

Other projects

In other news, as part of the 2015 investment programme for 2015, Sonangol has ordered four ships, two of which are already under construction. The order, which is due for completion by 2017, will increase the company’s crude oil transportation capacity.

Edited from various sources by Rosalie Starling

Sources: allAfrica, Hellenic Shipping News

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