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Angola Gives the Nod to Quanten to Build the Soyo Refinery

The Angolan Ministry of Mineral Resources and Petroleum (MIREMPET) has selected the Quanten Consortium to build, own and operate (BOO) the 100,000BOPD refinery in Soyo, in Zaire Province, the north easternmost province of the country.

The American led group’s proposal beat seven others from groups that included Atis Nebest-Angola, SDRC, Jiangsu Sinochem Construction Co., Tobaka Investment Group, Satarem, Gemcorp Capital,  China Petroleum Pipeline (CPP) Engineering Firm, and the consortium formed  by CME, Aida and VSF.

Africa’s second largest crude oil producer launched the $3.5Billion tender for the work in October 2019. 31 companies expressed interest in delivering the facility. The refinery is scheduled to begin production in 2024. Soyo is one of three refinery projects, with combined capacity of 350,000BOPD, that the Angolan government wants to see executed by 2025.

Construction work is also ongoing at two other sites (1) the 60,000BOPD refinery in Cabinda, also brand new and (2) the Luanda Refinery, an existing crude distillation facility which is undergoing an upgrade that will increase the current output of gasoline from 72,000 tons to 450,000 tons per year.

 

 

 


Angola to Announce EPC Contractor for Soyo Refinery Next Week

The Angolan Ministry of Mineral Resources and Petroleum (MIREMPET) will, on March 15, 2021, announce the winner of the tender to build the 100,000BOPD refinery in Soyo, in Zaire Province the north easternmost part of the country.

At the start of final evaluation, there were nine proposals from groups that included Atis Nebest-Angola, SDRC, Jiangsu Sinochem Construction Co., Tobaka Investment Group, Satarem, Gemcorp Capital,  China Petroleum Pipeline (CPP) Engineering Firm, Quanten Consortium, as well as a joint proposal submitted by CME, Aida and VSF.

 

One of them has since dropped out, which means that eight companies and consortia had their proposals evaluated by PwC, the government’s due diligence consultant, as of December 29, 2020.

But MIREMPET postponed the announcement, for the second time in January 2021, in order that the best ranked competitors could renew their investment financing guarantees, “through renowned financial institutions, as well as re-affirmation of the corporate structures involved”, the ministry says in a statement.

The Soyo refinery is one of three refinery projects under development by the Angolan government. One is to expand the capacity of the Luanda refinery, another is the two-phase construction of a new 60,000BOPD refinery at Cabinda, which is underway.

 

 


Algeria is Now A Net Exporter of Gasoline

By Toyin Akinosho

Algeria has returned to being a net exporter of gasoline, the most in-demand product of distillation of crude oil.

The country began exporting both gasoline and diesel, in 2020, the first time it is doing so in the last decade, the Algerian Press Agency reports.

Algeria used to be self-sufficient in petroleum products. Up until 2009 it was the only country among the top three African hydrocarbon producers to have enough products to spare for the export market. But years of under investment has dragged Algeria into the same product-import league in which Angola and Nigeria have been top card-carrying members for over 20 years.

With the ramp up of the Algiers refinery, Sonatrach, the country’s state hydrocarbon company and sole domestic refiner of Algerian crude oil, says it produced 9.5 Million tons of diesel and 3.4Million tons of gasoline in 2020.

Algeria ended its imports of diesel in March 2020 and ceased its import of gasoline in August of the same year as refining activity increased by 7.4% in the volumes of oil and condensate processed compared to 2019, from 27.2Million tonnes to 29.1million tonnes.

 

 


NCDMB Will Extend Its ‘Transitional’ Equity to Ibigwe Expanded Refinery

Nigeria’s National Content Development Monitoring Board (NCDMB) will invest in the next phase of the Waltersmith Refinery in Ibigwe, Imo State, on the eastern flank of the Niger Delta basin.

The board is a 30% participant in the first phase, a 5,000BOPD facility with output capacity of 271Million litres of Petroleum Products, per year.

But whereas the NCDMB’s $10Million investment in the first phase is transitional equity, which means it is expected to pull its funding when the project is developed, the board is impressed enough with the first phase that it is committing itself to the 25,000BPD Phase 2 Condensate Refinery, for which Final Investment Decision is under active consideration.

“Yes, we will continue”, Simbi Wabote, the NCDMB Executive Secretary told Africa Oil+Gas Report. “They have done what they said they would do and we are happy with them”.

Abdulrazaq Isa, Chairman of the board of Waltersmith confirmed the development to Africa Oil+Gas Report. “Ÿes they are working with us on the second phase”, he said.

The 25,000BPD Condensate Refinery will utilize feedstock from the nearby ANOH Gas Processing Company (AGPC) “and some additional commercial discussions were progressed on some nearby oil and gas assets”, Waltersmith says in a briefing.

Front End Engineering Design (FEED) for the 25,000BPD Phase 2 Condensate Refinery was completed in Q1 2020, Feasibility study in Q22020 and the EPCIC Contracting process has been initiated while delivery is expected by Q4 2022.

The groundbreaking ceremony was done in conjunction with the commissioning of the Phase 1 Refinery in November 2020 by President Muhammadu Buhari.

When completed, the Phase 2 will deliver about 1.4Billion litres per year of refined petroleum products (Premium Motor Spirit – PMS, Diesel, Kerosene, Aviation Jet Fuel and HFO) in addition to the 271 million liters from the Phase 1 Refinery.


Gasoline to Start Flowing Out of Ogbele Refinery from 2nd Quarter 2021

By Macson Obojemuemoin

 The Nigerian independent, Niger Delta E&P, is anticipating the first flow of gasoline from its 11,000 Barrels of Oil Per Day (BOPD) refinery on the Ogbele field, in Rivers State, in the east of the country.

The three-train modular refinery has the capacity to produce a daily output of 600,000 Litres of gasoline, the most important petroleum product in the Nigerian market.

Gasoline is the fuel of road transportation. In the post COVID-19 world, it will be the most economically viable, of the major fractionation products of crude oil refineries around the globe.

The 600,000 Litre capacity at Ogbele, if delivered consistently at optimum, is easily around 30% of what the entire state owned NNPC produced, with input capacity of 445,000BOPD, in 2018, the latest year for which officially sanctioned data is available in the public domain.

The Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Annual Report 2018, published by the Department of Petroleum Resources, reports that NNPC produced 2,043,070 litres of gasoline per day, making 745.7Million litres in the year.

NNPC’s entire in country gasoline production in 2018 was however about 4% of the entire imported volume of the product by the company, which came to 53.592Million litres a day. Clearly there’s significant opportunity in local production of gasoline.

There was no production at the state-owned refineries in the entire year 2020, due to ongoing rehabilitation work, NNPC states in its November 2020 report.

The Ogbele refinery project initially came on stream in 2012 as a 1,000BOPD capacity topping plant, producing 85,860 litres of diesel every day from 540BOPD of crude.

In late 2019, a second 5,000BOPD train was added.  With another 5,000BOPD train completed last October, the three train 11,000BOPD refinery with capacity to output Diesel, Marine Diesel, DPK, Naphtha and High Pour Fuel Oil was completed.

Now that all the trains are running optimally, the Train 3 will fully convert all Naphtha to Premium Motor Spirit (Gasoline) at an average daily output of some 600,000 Litres.

 

 


VFuels Wins the Contract to Build the Processing Units of the Cabinda Refinery

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.


Waltersmith Formally Gets Seplat’s Nod as a Supplier of Refinery Feedstock

Seplat Petroleum has formally signed off on an agreement to supply between 2,000 and 4,000 Barrels of Oil Per Day from its working-interest production fin the Ohaji South Field in Oil Mining Lease (OML) 53 to Waltersmith Petroman Limited’s just completed 5,000BOPD capacity refinery in Ibigwe, in the east of Nigeria

Seplat, a Nigerian independent listed on both the Nigerian Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange, has operated output of about 7,000BOPD in the field at optimum, of which 2,800BOPD is its current, optimal working interest.

Previously, Seplat’s share of Ohaji South crude was primarily evacuated to the export Terminal via a third-party Crude Handling Agreement with Waltersmith.

“This new agreement benefits Seplat by selling its crude oil directly to Waltersmith for refining, thereby eliminating crude losses and downtime experienced along the evacuation and export route. The transaction would also boost the capacity of Waltersmith in providing its products particularly to the immediate region of our operations thereby supporting Seplat’s commitment to national energy security”, Seplat says in a release.

“This Crude Purchase Agreement with Waltersmith ensures that Nigerian crude will be refined locally by a Nigerian refiner”, says Roger Brown, Seplat’s CEO. “The agreement will eliminate losses we previously experienced on the export pipeline, meaning more revenue will be booked by Seplat for the same amount of oil produced from the field. Waltersmith’s refinery will also benefit the Nigerian economy by creating local jobs to refine our oil.”

Seplat maintains its guidance of 48,000 – 52,000BOEPD for the 2020 financial year.


NNPC Opens Bids for EPC Contracts for PH Refinery Revamp

By Ahmed Gafar Alade, in Lagos

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the Nigerian state hydrocarbon company, has publicly opened bids for the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction phase of the rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt Refining Company

A company statement claims that the exercise was “a new chapter” in the corporation’s  refineries rehabilitation project

The event, which held virtually, had in attendance external observers such as the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) and the Civil Liberties Organizations, according to a press release by Kennie Obateru, the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, “This signals the imminent take off of the second phase of the rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt Refinery whose first phase was completed earlier in the year”, the statement says.

The bids were submitted electronically and, the NNPC says, they would be viewed virtually.  They were submitted through the NipeX portal for the pre-qualification for technical evaluation. The NNPC statement contains assurances that “the process provides a level playing field for all bidders”.

In the press release, Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director of NNPC, restated the Corporation’s oft repeated statement that it was committed to revamping the four Refineries including the Warri Refinery and the Kaduna Refineries.

The NNPC has announced revamps of its refineries, all of them with total input capacity of 445,000BOPD, several times in the last 20 years. It is now self-evident that there haven’t been any revamp in those years.

Last July, Kyari said that the failure to fix the refineries over these years was a strategy problem, as they never knew what they wanted to do with it. He said that the corporation didn’t get the right advisory services and the right strategy to go through with it.

 

 


Nigeria: Three Refineries Completed, Two under Construction

By Foluso Ogunsan, in Ibigwe

The 5,000BOPD Waltersmith Refinery in Ibigwe, has joined the 11,000 BOPD Ogbele Expanded Refinery, also in eastern Nigeria, as two private sector owned functioning refineries in the country.

The Waltersmith Refinery was commissioned by President Buhari on November 24, 2020, speaking virtually to a packed audience including two state governors, a host of traditional rulers, heads of oil and gas regulatory agencies (NNPC, NCDMB), local CEOs of oil majors and independent E&P companies as well as oil service companies.

The latest update from the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), the industry regulator, cites the 7,000BOPD OPAC refinery in Kwale, in the country’s Midwest, as Nigeria’s likely third functioning, privately run refinery, having just been completed and awaiting commissioning.

Under construction are two others: The 500,000BOPD Dangote refinery is 71% completed, says the DPR‘s report, and the 6,000BOPD Edo Refinery is also far gone. (It is instructive that, in the DPR’s books, the Dangote Refinery is not listed as a 650,000BPD refinery, as widely described in the media, but as a 500,000BPD facility).

Apart from these five, no other refinery is under construction in the country today, despite the widespread perception in the press that a number of refineries are under construction.

The widely publicized  Elko Petrochem & Refining Company is not yet under construction, according to the DPR update.

Nor is the Petrolex Oil and Gas refinery, for which an ‘authority to construct’ (ATC), was granted in December 2018.

There are 16 proposed refineries that have been granted authoritisation to construct, but are not in construction stage.

This piece is slightly updated from the original article, published in the October 2020 edition of the Africa Oil+Gas Report.

 


President Buhari to Commission a Modular Refinery in Eastern Nigeria

The facility is the first project in a planned industrial-energy park

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, will commission a 5,000 barrels per day (BPD) modular refinery in Ibigwe, Imo State, in the east of the country on November 24, 2020.

The facility, which will be commissioned under the chairmanship of the Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, is the first of a three-phase project. It will deliver about 271Million litres of refined petroleum products (Diesel, Kerosene, Heavy Fuel Oil-HFO and Naphtha) per annum.

Promoted by Waltersmith Petroman Oil Limited, operator of the Ibigwe marginal oil field,  the project is developed by Waltersmith Refining and Petrochemical Company, a Joint venture (JV) between Waltersmith Petroman Oil Limited (70% equity) and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), with 30% equity.

It is also the first project of a planned energy-industrial park. Waltersmith, as of last February, disclosed that it had surveyed 500 hectares of land, out of which it had  acquired 65 hectares of land for the park, on which it proposes   to build a Power Plant. The company  received an electricity generation license from the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in 2017 to develop a 300MW gas fired plant(the Ugamma Gas Power Plant) to be situated in the same energy industrial complex as the refinery and the flow station in the Ibigwe field.

The power plant will utilize processed gas largely from third parties operating gas fields that are within proximity with the Ibigwe field. It will then supply this power to nearby industries as well as industries who come to locate themselves in that industrial park.

Meanwhile, the second phase of the Modular Refinery construction, a 25,000 BPD capacity will be added, while the third phase, another 20,000 BPD, is expected to bring the capacity to 50,000 BPD.

It is expected that President Buhari will be commissioning both the first phase of the refinery and breaking the ground for the 45,000BPD second and third phases of the refinery, planned to deliver about 1.4Billion litres per year of refined petroleum products (Premium Motor Spirit – PMS, Diesel, Kerosene, Aviation Jet Fuel and HFO).

 

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