Algeria: Oil/Petrochemicals Algeria Plans Three New Refineries

Editor: Dominik Stephan

Algeria’s national oil consortium Sonatrach plans three refineries located in Biskra, Tiaret and Hassi Messaoud with a capacity of 5 million tons per year each.

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Algiers/Algeria – Engineering giant Amec Foster Wheeler will be responsible for the front-end engineering design of the three sites with facilities for atmospheric distillation, Liquefied Petroleum Gas separation, hydrocrackers, desulphurisation, bitumen production, utilities, blending, effluents treatment, control room and laboratories. The Biskra site will also include lubrication oil facilities. At each of the refineries there will also be administrative buildings, storage tanks and shipping facilities.

The international engineering firm will also support Sonatrach in the selection of technology licensors for all three refineries. Roberto Penno, Amec Foster Wheeler’s Group President for Asia, Middle East, Africa, and Southern Europe, said: “Sonatrach is a long-term customer of Amec Foster Wheeler and this is a strategically important project for the Algerian Oil & Gas industry. We will apply our significant global refinery expertise to enable maximum efficiency of these three new refineries.” Engineering is expected to be finished with by 2017.