Equatorial Guinea’s Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons (MMH) has commissioned a feasibility study to convert the Punta Europa methanol plant into a modular crude oil refinery. Due to a lack of investment in the Alba offshore field and the methanol plant, a modular refinery is believed to be a more productive project.
Angola is expected to refine 300kbd (15Mnta), up from the current 80kbd (4Mnta), within five years through a gradual process until 2025, which will result in a reduction in current imports of liquid fuels and the consequent expenditure in foreign currency.
Oman Oil Refineries & Petroleum Industries (ORPIC) has completed a major turnaround involving installation of a new reactor for an existing residue fluid catalytic cracking unit at its 198kbd Sohar refinery.
Sinopec Luoyang Engineering has completed construction of the main processing units at the Al-Zour integrated refining and petrochemical complex under construction in southern Kuwait.
Sabah Oil & Gas Development (SOGDC) has signed a heads of agreement (HOA) with Petroventure Energy (PESB) for construction of a proposed petroleum oil storage and 70.3kbd (3.515Mnta) refinery in Sipitang Oil & Gas Industrial Park in the state of Sabah, Malaysian.