By Foluso Ogunsan
VFuels, the American refinery constructor, will be fabricating, constructing and installing the Inside Battery Limits (Processing Units) of the Cabinda Refinery in Angola.
The contract is in the making.
Construction is expected to take 18 months. The processing units include the Crude Distilation Unit (CDU) and Merox (acronym for Mercaptan Oxidation).
VFuels constructed the ISBL of the Waltersmith Refinery in Ibigwe, in the east of Nigeria.
United Shine EPC Consortium is the EPC contractor mandated by the Angolan government to Build, Own and Operate the Refinery, after it won a keenly contested bid to build the facility. It will hold 90% in the facility, in partnership with the state hydrocarbon company Sonangol, whose subsidiary -Sonangol Refinación – Sonaref SA holds 10% equity.
The Cabinda Refinery is planned to process 60,000Barrels of Oil Per Day in two phases, with 30,000BOPD in each phase. The first phase will output Diesel, Kerosene, Heavy Fuel Oil-HFO and Naphtha, without Gasoline. In the second phase, Gasoline production will be introduced, in addition to the entire product line of the first phase.