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All in place for construction of Cabinda refinery

Thu, 10 Sep 2020 21:28 - Updated Fri, 11 Sep 2020 08:52

Port of Cabinda Photo: Pedro João

Luanda - All has been put in place for the start of construction the oil refinery in northern Cabinda province, after the landmine-free certificate attesting to the safety of the site to receive the infrastructure was released.

The certificate was released Thursday in Cabinda by the minister of Social Affairs, Family and Women Promotion, Faustina Alves, in her capacity as coordinator of the Landmine Clearance Commission.

In order for the formal start of construction of the plant 30 kilometres of Cabinda city, about 330 acres of land were cleared of landmines, in an operation that involved Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) staff and National Demining Institute (INAD) personnel.

Addressing the ceremony, the CEO of the Angolan Oil Company (Sonangol), Sebastião Gaspar Martins, said the release of the site landmine clearance certificate sets one of the most relevant stages of the Cabinda refinery construction project.

He on the occasion reaffirmed that in its second phase, the Cabinda refinery will process 60,000 crude oil barrels a day, 30,000 of which in the first stage ending in 2021.

The official stated that in the second phase, the plant will also be in a position to process the naphtha resulting from the process of distillation into gasoline.  

In the third and last phase, by the end of 2023, Sonangol CEO said, the Cabinda refinery will be ready to supply the local and regional markets with diesel, fuel for airplanes and naphtha, thus decisively contributing to boost Angola’s exports.

The project is estimated to cost over Usd 500 million, involving a partnership between the firms Gemcorp and Sonaref, a Sonangol’s subsidiary.

Refining oil in Angola is considered crucial to the sector as the country imports the whole lot of the fuels it uses. Once in operation, the plant will provide about 1,500 direct and direct jobs.