July 2017

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Refining: Fuel processing vs. imports in East Africa: Will new refinery plans be realized?

Many analysts believe that Africa will remain a net importer of petroleum products for the foreseeable future. However, a few countries in the region have plans in place to build new refineries.

Oirere, S., Contributing Editor

Many analysts believe that Africa will remain a net importer of petroleum products for the foreseeable future. However, a few countries in the region have plans in place to build new refineries. These plans range from firm to undecided, as discussed in the following project reviews. Ethiopia National Oil Ethiopia (NOC) aims to build a new refinery by 2025, although commercial crude oil production is not viewed as feasible in Ethiopia over the medium term. NOC announced in late 2015 that it plans to construct the 200-Mbpd–300-Mbpd refinery to meet Ethiopia’s increasing demand for petroleum products, which is rising at an estimated rate of 15%/yr. The country’s oil demand is anticipated to m

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