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Algeria: Algiers refinery reopened

The Algiers refinery formally reopened on 21 February following refurbishment work carried out by China Petroleum Engineering and Construction Corporation. A contract for the work was awarded to TechnipFMC in 2010, but in 2015 the contract was cancelled due to delays. The refurbishment will increase capacity from 3.6m t/yr to 5.4m t/yr, enabling Algeria to halt products imports from H2 this year, according to Sonatrach. Sonatrach chairman Abdelmoumen Ould Kaddour told the inauguration ceremony that Algeria hoped to launch products exports from 2021.

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